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College Writing I Differentiating Between Autism Spectrum Disorders Autism – a bio-neurological developmental disability that impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function ( It is a basic definition, but there is more to autism spectrum disorders that meet the eye. Under the Autism umbrella, Autism is one of five spectrum disorders that affect 4.5 out of every 10,000 births ( Asperger’s syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD) are two Autism disorders. While both are under the autism spectrum disorder umbrella, each has its own individual characteristics as well as those that are shared. Asperger’s syndrome is a neurobiological disorder that can range from mild to severe. The deficiencies of this disorder are for the most part in social skills. It is considered to be the highest-functioning form of autism, being an extreme at one end of the autism spectrum. Symptoms of Asperger’s include difficulty with transitions, obsessive routines, and preoccupation with a certain interest. On a positive note, the children usually have a normal, if not elevated IQ along with an exceptional skill or talent in a specific area. Obstacles that children with Asperger’s face are their difficulties in reading nonverbal cues, determining body space, and their over sensitivity to sounds, tastes, smells, and sights. While the causes for autism spectrum disorders are still a mystery, there are
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ENG 061118 taught by Professor Fleet during the Fall '08 term at Lewis University .

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