Autism Essay

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Autism As an Early Childhood Education major I spend a lot of time learning about children of all types, mostly on the “normal” scale of health. As a future provider of care and education for young children, I feel I have to know about many different ways children can be affected by health, disorders, and disease, including autism. Autism is not something I have a lot of personal experience with. I have noticed that it has been in the news more frequently lately than it has been in the past. There have been a lot of new discoveries and controversies involving autism being brought to the general public’s attention. After seeing some of these reports on autism on the news, and in newspapers, magazines, and such, it has piqued my interest on this topic, especially given my future career, and finding out the facts. According to Children’s Hospital Boston, autism is a neurological and developmental disorder that usually appears during the first three years of life. A child with autism appears to live in his or her own world, showing little interest in others, and a lack of social awareness. Generally children with autism often have problems in communication, avoid eye contact, and show limited attachment to others. However, through medical research, the condition known as autism has been broadened to include many childhood developmental disorders. Today the term pervasive developmental disorder is often applied to identify what is commonly called autism. (CHB) The cause of autism is not yet known. However, it seems to have become an epidemic. Centers for Disease Control statistics shows that “in 1980 one in ten thousand children were diagnosed as autistic. Now it is estimated that between 1 in 80 and 1 in 240 with an average of 1 in 110 children in the United States will have autism.” (CDC) Research also shows that autism is a genetic disorder. It is believed that

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