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Child Development 1 Running head: AUTISM'S AFFECT ON DEVELOPMENT Autism and its Effects on Child Development Travis H Matheny PS220-06 Honors Child and Adolescent Psychology Kaplan University Professor, Peter W. Lenz, Ph.D. February, 26, 2010
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Child Development 2 As parents you play a very big role in your child’s development, that being said, it’s important to be aware of how you can insure that your child will thrive in all areas of development. Being proactive in your child’s development is even more imperative when you are dealing with a child that is suffering from a developmental disorder such as autism. Autism is a neurological and developmental disorder that can usually be diagnosed within the child’s first three years of life; children diagnosed with autism typically have one or more developmental deficits. Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory can help parents better understand their role in their child’s development, as well as how development is influenced by the child’s overall environment. When parents receive their child's diagnosis of autism, it is emotionally devastating and they will need considerable guidance in order to fully understand the implications of this diagnosis, as well as their options in regards to intervention and how they can optimize their child's development (Blackwell and Niederhauser, 2008). In providing this guidance, Bronfenbrenner's ecological theory (BEST) of child development provides a very structured format for addressing this complex task. BEST considers child development from the perspective of being nested within a series of interrelated layers of environment, acknowledging that it is the child's unique pattern of biological development, occurring within the environment of the family
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Child Development 3 and community that provides the greater influence on development, but also that changes in the societal landscape, as a whole, can cause effects in all following elements (Bukatko, 2008). The first element in the Bronfenbrenner’s ecological system is the microsystem, which
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