RESEARCH PAPER ON AUTISM

RESEARCH PAPER ON AUTISM - THE AUTISM EPIDEMIC By Angela...

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THE AUTISM EPIDEMIC By Angela Quintero ENGL 135 Dr. Patricia Fulton December 9, 2008 Page | 1
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The Autism Epidemic For many adults one of the happiest days of their lives is when they see their children being born. Sometime between the two and four age some parents begin to realize that their child’s behavior is a bit abnormal. At first they chalk it up to just children being children and ignore what is happening with their behavior. It gets to a point and the parents realize that they should go see the child’s pediatrician concerning the abnormal behavior. The doctor runs tests and comes back with a scary diagnosis: Autism. Autism, a lifelong disorder, is defined as a behavioral and neurological disorder affecting physical, language, and social skills 1 . Autism is a common condition among children that begins within the first two and a half years of life, although it may not be evident until three or four years of age. Autism is a mental behavior that causes children to experience the world differently than normal kids. Autism impairs behavioral skills and development from early on and into adulthood. Children with autism almost always learn at a slower rate, have a lower rate of communication skills, and often times have repetitive types of behavior such as body rocking, clicking a pen for hours at a time, or turning the TV on and off again. Adults with autism continue to have difficulties interacting with society, show some socially inappropriate behavior, and show peculiar use of language such as repetitive speech or talking to themselves 2 . One important thing to note is that there is not a typical person or typical behaviors that every person with autism portrays. Although we classify certain characteristics of children and adults with the illness, it is impossible to state that each person with autism will have an exact behavior; there is Page | 2
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a full spectrum of symptoms which can range from mild to severe. Conditions and severity will also vary from person to person. Although it is not always so, many children with autism have below average intelligence and learning capabilities. If autism is caught early enough, this learning disability can be managed with different forms of teaching and also through positive reinforcement methods. “Autism was first discovered in 1943 by Dr. Leo Kenner of John Hopkins Hospital.” 3 Research had been done since the early 1900’s on different forms of social and behavioral conditions that had not yet been diagnosed. Although Dr. Leo Kenner first used the word autism to be linked with the illness, there were other people that had similar results to differentiate these social and behavioral illnesses. Included in these people was Eugen Bleuler, a Swiss psychiatrist who first used the term in 1911 to refer to his patients with Schizophrenia. Another person who was involved during the time of Kenner was Hans Asperger, a German scientist who identified a similar condition that is now known as Asperger’s Syndrome. The symptoms are very identical
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RESEARCH PAPER ON AUTISM - THE AUTISM EPIDEMIC By Angela...

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