Dr.McDunn Informative Speech Outline I. Introduction A. It is estimated that 1 in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. (Autism Speaks.org) B. Typically appears during the 1 st 3 years of life (Autism Society.org) C. Affects a person’s ability to communicate and socialize with others D. Testimony 1. My High School Spanish Teacher’s Son E. Purpose 1. To inform the public about this disorder that is rapidly affecting children and their parents today. II. Definition A. Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) (Autism Speaks.org) B. The Other Brain Disorders 1. Pervasive Developmental Disorder- Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) 2. Asperger Syndrome 3. Rett Syndrome 4. Childhood Disintergrative Disorder a. Parents and professionals refer to this group as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) III. Causes A. Causes are unknown (Autism Society.org) B. It’s generally accepted that autism is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function.
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- Autism Society.org, Autism Speaks.org