Autism Spectrum Disorder

By: Daria B.

What is Autism? (ASD)

Autism is a developmental disorder that affects the brain and can make communicating and interacting with other people difficult. This condition can occur at any time in your life.

10 Facts about Autism (ASD)

  • Autism could cause you to have learning disabilities, social problems, and behavioral challenges
  • People who have ASD don't do anything different than the people without ASD. Although, people or kids with ASD may interact, behave, and learn in different ways than others
  • The learning, thinking, and problem solving ability that autistic people could possibly range from gifted to severely challenged. Meaning, autism could help their needs in good and bad ways.
  • Most people with autism will need extra help with their daily activities; others are able to work on their own
  • Nothing about autism steps people apart from one another
  • Autism is a developmental disorder that affects the brain and can make communicating and interacting with others challenging
  • Not everybody who has ASD have the same difficulties. These troubles range from mild to severe.
  • About 40% of people with autism have above-average intelligence. The other 60% have low intelligence levels
  • Young kids with autism have trouble understanding words and language from older speakers
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Five things a Person could do to Maintain or Improve their Health

  • Participate in unknown activities

This would maintain and improve peoples health because it would get them to do things they haven't done and be more open about themselves.


  • Be around other people

This would maintain and improve their health because it would help them communicate and cooperate with others.


  • Continue their daily routine

This would maintain and improve their health because if they stay on their daily routine they would be less distracted and confused.


  • Eat healthy

This would maintain or improve their health because it would keep them healthy and they would less likely become sick.


  • Exercise daily

This would help maintain and improve their health because it would keep them fit and active.

What is...?

Formal/Medical Name for this Disorder:

The medical or formal name for autism is, "Autism Spectrum Disorder."


Common Name for this Disorder:

A common name for autism is "developmental disease" or it could also be "autism spectrum disease."


Definition of Disease or Disorder:

Autism is a developmental disease that effects the brain and can make communicating and interacting with people difficult.

What Causes...?

1. Children who have a sibling(s) with ASD are at a higher risk of also having ASD (autism spectrum disease)


2. There is some evidence that the critical period for developing ASD occurs before, during, and immediately after birth.


3. Most scientists agree that genes are one of the risk factors that can make a person more likely to develop ASD.

Who Gets...?

Can anyone get this disease, or only certain groups of people? Or is it rare?


1. It is most common for boys to be diagnosed with autism (ASD) than it is for girls.


2. ASD occurs in gender, common culture/nationality, and social groups in and out of public places.


3. In a scientific test, 1 of the 68 children in a group was identified with autism (ASD).

Is this Disease a genetic condition?

Yes, this disease is genetic, you can inherit it from your family. This disorder can be past down but it is not contagious after you are born.

Who gets this disease more often?

Children are mostly at risk of getting this disease/disorder. Parents or elders can get this disorder, but it is not as common for them to.

Symptoms


  • Someone seeing no interest in any objects (for example, a plane flying in the sky: doesn’t gain interest or look at the plane)

  • Doesn’t look at objects that are being pointed to

  • Has trouble relating with others and sees no interest in anyone else around them

  • Avoids eye contact and wants to be alone

  • Has trouble understanding other people's feelings or even talking about their own feelings

  • Prefers not to be held or touched

  • Appears to be unaware that others talk to them but are interested in other sounds

  • Could be very interest/satisfied with the people they play with, but won’t talk,\ or make eye contact with them

How is Autism (ASD) Diagnosed?

Diagnosing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be difficult, since there is no medical test, like a blood test, to diagnose the disorders. Doctors look at the child's behavior and development to make a diagnosis. ASD can sometimes be detected at 18 months or younger.

What is the Treatment for Autism (ASD)?

  • Behavioral management therapy.
  • Cognitive behavior therapy.
  • Early intervention.
  • Educational and school-based therapies.
  • Joint attention therapy.
  • Medication treatment.
  • Nutritional therapy.
  • Occupational therapy.

Is there a Cure for Autism? If so, what is it?

There is no known 'cure' for autism. This does not mean, however, that nothing can be done for a person with autism.

Can Autism be fatal? if so why and how?

Autism can not be fatal, and it will not affect the life span of any person.

The Future of Autism: Is there any scientific theory to help Autism?

Mark Hyman, an MD, tells us that he thinks autism is not just a genetic brain disorder; like everyone else thinks. Mark thinks that autism is a body disorder that effects the brain. Scientist and research show that there are certain genes in peoples bodies that trigger the effect of autism to occur.

Link to Mark Hyman's Supported Thepry about Autism

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Conclusion

In conclusion, Autism is a developmental disorder that affects the brain and can make communicating and interacting with other people difficult. This condition can occur at any time in your life. There are many symptoms, and no cures to this disorder. Doctors cannot diagnose people of autism (ASD) by testing in any way. But they could watch the development and actions of a patient to see if they need to be treated in any special way. Nothing about ASD sets people apart from one another. Autism is not fatal and can not cause death; not even effect the life span of someone. Children are more at risk of getting autism and doctors can tell from just 18 months old if so. Mark Hyman, an MD, thinks that Autism (ASD) is caused by a body disorder that triggers the brain to do something different.