The National Professional Development Center On Autism Spectrum Disorder

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One in sixty-eight children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) disorder each year in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014). ASD is a developmental disorder that is best recognized deficits in communication ability, social skills, and repetitive patterns of behaviors, interests, and activities. The disorder impacts the ability of those diagnosed to function easily in society day to day. While ASD is a wide spread, pervasive disorder, we are only just beginning to uncover what might be its cause and have only a few effective treatment options that are empirically supported (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014; The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder, 2014).
It is imperative that we continue to research effective treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder because it now affects so many individuals and families in our society. It has become a social justice issue that must be addressed. Researchers have been approaching treatment for Autism from many different angles, one in particular is the affect of a certain diets on typical ASD behaviors, such as hand-flapping, communication skills, and repetitive behaviors. Johnson, Burkett, Reinhold, and Bultas, (2015), looked at what has been done in research on the topic of ASD in current science. They discovered that emerging science on ASD shows common challenging behaviors, an increase in the overall prevalence, an emphasis on early diagnosis…

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