Autism

How does Autism affect people, especially children?

Edith Martinez

Who am I?

My name is Edith Martinez, I am 16 years old, a sophomore at F.L. Schlagle High School. I like fries, and I like giving advice. This topic drew my attention because it relates to someone I'm close to, and I want to be able to see and understand what kind of challenges they face.

How does it affect you?

This topic affects me, because of a very special close person to me, was diagnosed with this a couple years ago, and I honestly had never really looked into the topic, so I want to learn exactly what it is, and how it affects life for the people who have it.

What I hope others gain

What I hope others, as well as me gain is a greater understanding of Autism, the causes, the effects, the symptoms, etc. To be able to understand the mind of an autistic child.

My progress

In order to find the answer to my question, I researched different websites, and read articles of what Autism is and how having autism affects someone. I also spoke to parents of an autistic child, and they were willing to speak of their first (normal) child and their second (autistic) child, and the differences between them.

So what is Autism exactly?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Usualy

The three main types of ASD

Symptoms

Symptoms typically appears during the first three years of life.

Most commonly are:


  • Social Challenges

  • Communication Difficulties
  • Repetitive Behaviors
  • Associated Medical Conditions

  • Seizure Disorders, including epilepsy

  • Sleep Dysfunction

  • Genetic Disorders

  • Sensory Processing Problems
  • Pica, Pica is a tendency to eat things that are not food.

Talking to parents

I spoke with two parents Mrs. X and Mr. X, about both of their boys, who are nine(normal child) and five(autistic child). They educated me over some of the situations that they went through with their autistic child and normal child.
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I had 20 of my classmates take a survey over autism, and these were the results.

Further Questions

Is there any type of treatment or cure that can be given to someone with Autism to make it better, if so what is it?

There is no cure for Autism, however Intervention can involve behavioral treatments, medicines or both to help. Behavior treatment sessions involves a child's entire family, working closely with a team of professionals. Scientific studies have demonstrated that early intensive behavioral intervention improves learning, communication and social skills in young children with autism.

Is it genetical or caused?

There is clearly a genetic part to autism, but it isn't easy to nail down what is going on genetically with autism. In many families, there appears to be a pattern of autism or related disabilities, further supporting the theory that the disorder has a genetic basis. . It also appears that some children are born with a susceptibility to autism, but researchers have not yet identified a single “trigger” that causes autism to develop.

Conclusion

Ones child can begin looking like any other child, but as they grows you can notice the difference between them and other children. Up until three years old the symptoms begin to pop up, they take them to see their doctor and learn that he/she is diagnosed with autism, a brain disorder. Autism in children, can cause a lot of difficulties for their development, because it makes it harder for their brain to develop. They have hard time learning and staying focused doing even the most simple tasks. Since there is no cure for Autism Many autistic children take special treatment classes that help them with their interacting skills and communication. Taking simple steps at an early age, can help them as they get older.