Autism Autism is something that is very hard to deal with. It can turn even the strongest into the weakest. Parents with children who have this horrible disorder have to cope with many things that are unknown to someone who has never experienced it. Autism can be a complex, unknown disorder; however there are many ways to help out the people with the disorder. Autism is a unique disorder because not any person who has it has the same symptoms and issues. There can be very mild cases of it, or very extreme. The severity of these symptoms varies; however, there are always common symptoms for being diagnosed with autism. Some of these include antisocial behaviors with other people. For example, lack of sympathy, not making eye contact, the lack of sharing interests, and simply not making friends. Also most people have a delayed time in learning how to speak. However, the symptoms of autism usually changes as the person gets older and learns ways to adapt to different issues they may have. “Parents often become concerned when their toddler does not like to be held, does not seem interested in playing certain games, such as peekaboo, and does not begin to talk” (Autism 1). As the person with the disorder gets older, it turns into things more related to bonding with other people. The wide range of characteristics a person can obtain is all considered part of the Autism Spectrum Disorder, (ASD). ASD encompasses PDD and also includes autism, Rett’s Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders. It is not common knowledge to know that there are so many diseases that are so similar to autism. Although autism is the most severe out of all the different ones in the ASD, they are all closely related and just as hard to cope with as a parent. There are many possible causes of this unfortunate disorder. There is not one single known cause for it. There are some people that say it is an immune disorder, while others say it is genetic and depends on if your parents have the genes for it or not. There are also studies that show that it has something to do with the brain. “It is generally accepted that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function. Brain scans show differences in the shape and structure of the brain in children with autism versus neuro-typical children” (Causes 1).There have also been myths for years that the cause of autism was mothers who neglect their child and do not show them any love or support, however, this has been proven to be invalid. One hypothesis that a scientist had was that the vaccinations children get these days from their doctors could be causing the onset of autism. He explained that there are low levels of mercury in every vaccination a child receives. Mercury is a heavy metal that should never be ingested. Could certain children just be more sensitive to it than others? It appears there is no solid evidence linking the two things together. This should be a relief to parents, knowing they are not indirectly harming their child. “But what I think is kind of interesting is, forget all of that, it’s insane to make population-wide conclusions on a 12-person case series” (Vaccines 1). This was said by a MIT graduate student about the scientist who did the experiment to see if vaccines had contributed something to the disorder. There is constant research to whether it is caused by one of these things, or from the pregnancy or delivery of the mother, or maybe even from being exposed to certain things in the environment. This is because the amount of children diagnosed with autism is rising every day. “Although the prevalence of autism and similar disorders appears to have increased recently, it is not clear if this is an actual increase or the result of increased recognition and changes in diagnostic criteria” (Result). As a society, we have a lot more technology and training for things that have not always been around. A good…
Autism is a disorder that affects 2 million individuals in the United States. It is a disorder that affects the way a child or an individual see the world around them and how they function within that world. To understand Autism, people need to understand the symptoms, treatments, and what it is like to live with it.
What is autism exactly? There are five different forms of autism, and all of them are different and have different affects on a child. Three of them are very conmen where the last…
April 7, 2014
Autism in the U.S. has increased 78% in the past decade. 1 in 88 children are estimated to have autism in America. In 1911 a Swiss psychiatrist, Eugene Bleur started using the term. In 1940 researchers in the U.S. used the term to describe children with emotional or social problems. Autism and Schizophrenia were linked up until the 1960’s.
Autism has to deal with the mind. Autism affects regions of the brain that have to do with social interaction…
Autism is a relatively new disease that many parents don’t know how to deal with or possibly even know about. The powerful advertisement above shows what can happen if a child with autism is not given the proper therapy. The author utilizes the text in a creative way. We start by easily reading the words “The longer a child.” Of course children hold a special place in our hearts, so those first few words bring us in. But as the words go further down the wall, the smaller they become. We read the…
A common question people ask nowadays is, "What is Autism?" Most people know very little about autism. What little do people know usually comes from movies and TV, and it usually is not true. So then, many people have “common misconceptions” about autism, and the people affected by it. Autism was first discovered by and viewed as a disease was by Leo Kanner, a scientist, in 1943. There are many causes to autism, many that are just theories, there are a lot of symptoms, but up to this day there hasn’t…
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Chamberlain College of Nursing
NR 222: Health and Wellness
Autism is a developmental disorder that affects those areas of the brain that deal with social and communication skills. It has been linked to abnormal biological and chemical activity in the brain. The causes of these abnormalities are not know, but some scientific research in the disorder have narrowed down some elements that may play a role in the development…
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or autism is a general term that people use to describe a series of complex brain development disorders. This disease affects a person’s social skills and causes the brain to react differently in social situations than most peoples. Autism is most commonly found in a child’s first 3 years of their life, but it is not uncommon for an adult to be diagnosed with autism. ASD affects more than 2 million people in the…
Unknown of Children with Autism
The Unknown of Children with Autism
Three years ago I decided to take a chance and become more involved with my son’s disability. It was overwhelming at first, but then I decided to take this time to get to know my son’s likes, dislikes and other things that interest him. I was not aware of the discoveries of autism or the different characteristics that surrounds the word autism. There are many characteristics…
children with autism
Akeshia Mi’Sha Norris
March 20, 2013
Who was involved? Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)
What happened? Women who experienced physical, emotional, or sexual abuse as children are more likely to have a child with autism than women who were not abused.
When did it happen? It happens every day in every day daily lives. Women, well young ladies grow up with abusing parents or family members. Mother’s exposure to childhood abuse and risk of autism in her children…
November 14, 2012
Autism affects how an individual thinks, learns, and experiences the world. Autism is the quickest growing serious development disability. This “is a disorder of neural development info processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect” (“Autism and Learning”). This disorder cannot be prevented. How this occurs in not well understood.
There are many different affects that an autistic child can have on the household. One example of how autism affects a child’s…
entire world. If I was permitted the opportunity to address at least one common medical concern that affects many people daily, I would address Autism. Autism is mental condition, commonly occurring during childhood, which causes emotional detachment and hardships in communicating. I have a younger brother who has currently been diagnosed with Autism. Many hardships and disadvantages come with this disorder for example he has to take medication daily so he can sleep and stay calm, he can’t enjoy…