Can you think of any other reasons that studies examining early markers in ASD

Can you think of any other reasons that studies

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Can you think of any other reasons that studies examining early markers in ASD are important? Studies examining early markers are extremely important. The more we study infants and children, the more markers we will discover. This is important because with this knowledge, we can diagnose infants and children with ASD early on and begin intervention and therapy as early on as possible. The earlier therapy and intervention begins, the better chances the child has of correcting certain disabilities and living a better quality of life. For example, if a child is diagnosed with ASD at an early age, the parent can help the child engage in joint-attention and symbolic play. This helps the child develop theory of mind, language and social skills that will benefit them greatly all the way into adulthood. If early markers are not studied, ASD may not be diagnosed until later in life, limiting the opportunities of the individual to improve their quality of life. 6. The DSM allows a clinician to give a level (1-3) based on how much support is thought to be needed and this is a subjective measure given by the clinician. High and low-functioning, generally refers more to intellectual ability rather than severity of symptoms. Can you think of any ways of better quantifying or giving a measure of the severity of ASD symptoms or is this important to do? Why or why not? Do you think that theory of mind abilities can be trained or taught? If so, how would you go about this? Theory of mind may not always be teachable, but if the possibility is there, then early intervention and therapy are methods of teaching this concept. Symbolic play is a method of teaching theory of mind. In a class lecture, a video of a little girl playing with a doll was shown. She demonstrated many activities that were narrated out loud to verbally express the actions of the girl. She fed the baby doll, burped it, put it on the potty, etc. All of these activities symbolically mimic a mother taking care of her child. The purpose of the video is for a child watching the video to make the connection that the girl and baby doll mimic a real life scenario. The child then might relate the girl to his or her mother, and the baby to his or her self. This exercises their self awareness and develops their theory of
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mind. The child's parents can also encourage the child to engage in symbolic play, which also helps develop the child's theory of mind. Consistently engaging in these activities can be an effective method of teaching theory of mind. 7. What kind of supports or services do you think would be important to have for individuals transitioning into adulthood or for adults with ASD? How would these be implemented, for example through what agencies, etc.? 8. Do you think that social skills is something that can truly be taught? What do you think would be the most efficient way to teach social skills or abilities and why? Do you think there is a specific time (ie. Adolescents, toddlers, etc.) when teaching social skills may be more effective or not and why?
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