Name: Thuc Nguyen
Professor: R. Rodgers
17 May, 2010
The Child with Autism
Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) have become more common today.
According to the Autism Society of America, "an estimated 30 million people in the
world have an Autistic Spectrum Disorders, 1.5 million in America alone "(About
Also, on the Autism Society of America webpage, an autism prevalence report
from the Centers for Disease Control, issued that 1 in 150 eight years old children in
multiple areas of the United States are diagnosed with autism.
Extrapolate these numbers
to get worldwide figure, and one can see that ASDs are not minor medical problems.
ASDs occur around the world, affecting person of all racial, ethnic, religious, and
economic backgrounds. Whether or not one has an autistic child, much of what one can
learns about specific detailed information regarding autism may bring about unexpected
health benefits to one and one’s family.
As for parents, it is amazing watching their child thrive and grow. Even though
raising children is the hardest and most tiring thing for any parent, seeing the child smile,
cuddle, laugh, respond eagerly to games like "peek-a-boo" or hide-and-seek and speak his
or her first words, are also the most wonderful moments parents can experience.
Occasionally, however, a child does not interact in this expected manner. Instead, the
child seems to exist in his or her own world, a place characterized by repetitive routines,
odd and peculiar behaviors, problems in communication, and a total lack of social