Autism

By: Sydney McManemin

Introductory Paragraph

I researched Autism Spectrum Disorder, also known as Autism or ASD. The definition of Autism is a word that refers to a wide range of developmental disorders that some people are born with or develop early in life. This group of disorders makes up what doctors call the autism spectrum. There is no cure for Autism and some symptoms are avoiding eye contact, not wanting to be touched, and having unusual reactions. Doctors don't fully understand what causes it. Plus it is usually diagnosed when a child is between 18 months and 4 years old. It is better when a child is diagnosed earlier because the sooner they can get help with language and learning skills.

Ten Facts

  1. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges

  2. People with this disorder don't look any different than you and I, but people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people

  3. Some people with ASD may need a lot of help in their daily lives. Though others need less.

  4. Children with ASD are usually awkward in social events and find it difficult to interact with others.

  5. They generally do not make friends easily.

  6. Many children with ASD are extremely talented in one particular area, like music or math.

  7. The motions of children with ASD may seem clumsy or awkward.

  8. Children with ASD may develop unusual movements that are repetitive.

  9. Many people with ASD do not make eye contact when speaking with someone.

  10. They may have trouble using facial expressions and gestures, and understanding body language.

Five Ways, To Maintain or Improve One’s Health

  1. Digestive problems are common in children with autism, but some parents have tried a diet free of gluten (found in wheat) and casein (a milk protein). Even though no diet is proven to work.

  2. Behavioral therapy is using rewards to help kids learn all kinds of social and learning skills.

  3. Speech therapy helps kids talk and understand all types of words.

  4. Social skills therapy can help kids learn how to play and talk with others.

  5. Educational interventions would be school-based help with academic subjects.

Citations

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  • "Autism." KidsHealth - the Web's Most Visited Site about Children's Health. Ed. Raphael Bernier. The Nemours Foundation, 01 Jan. 2014. Web. 16 Mar. 2015.
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