autism - Autism Autism is defined as"a pervasive...

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Autism Autism is defined as "a pervasive developmental disorder characterized by severe deficits in social interaction and communication, by an extremely limited range of activities and interests, and often by the presence of repetitive, stereotyped behaviors. (Dictionary.com)" It is a bio- neurological disability that usually appears before the age of three. Autism impacts normal brain development and messes up social interaction, communication skills, and
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cognitive function. Both adults and children diagnosed with autism usually have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play (Autism Society). Most patients usually have allergies, asthma, epilepsy, digestive disorders, viral infections, sleeping disorder, and many others (National Autism Association). There is no cure for autism, though early treatment and intervention can reduce symptoms (National Autism Association).
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Autism is one of the five diseases that fall under Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), including Asperger's Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD), Rett's Disorder, and PDD-Not otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) (Autism Society). Autism is the most common of all of these. Asperger's Disorder used to be explained as a milder form of autism until 1994. The difference is the severity of symptoms and the absence of language delays (Autism Society). To an untrained
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observer, a child with Asperger's Disorder my just seem like a child behaving differently (Autism Society). Children with autism are seen as uninterested in others. This is not true with Asperger's Disorder. These children usually want to fit in and have interaction with others, they just don't know how to. (Autism Society) They may be socially awkward because they don't understand conventional social rules, and they may seem to be unengaged in a conversation and not understand the use of
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gestures (Autism Society). Children affected with this disease usually like to collect different things and may be proficient in knowing categories of information (Autism Society). The major difference between autism and Asperger's
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course PSYCHOLOGY PSY-1012-1 taught by Professor Philcox during the Spring '08 term at Valencia.

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