Autism Essay

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About a year ago, I read a book called House Rules by Jodi Picoult. The book is about a young autistic boy was accused of murder. The book caught my attention from the very first page. The boy was hopeless at reading social cures or expressing himself in any manner and focused solely on his interest in forensic science. When contemplating what mental disorder to research for my paper, I recollected on that book. After I decided to write my research paper on autism, I continued to do some research. I read over the overview, symptoms, and treatment, and realized that the some of the things I was reading reminded me of my younger sister. However, my sister has not been diagnosed with autism. Now that I am older and more comprehensive on the subject, I can relate to different occasions to where my sister had unusual behavior, which made me want to research it even more. Autism is a neurological disorder that affects normal brain function. It affects a person’s communication development and social interaction skills, but does not affect their intelligence level. Experts say that the lacking of these skills is present within the first three years of a person’s life. “According to the ADDM (Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring), one out of every eighty-eight children is identified with autism. Autism is a wide spectrum disorder, meaning that not two people with autism have the same symptoms, ranging from mild to severe.” Some people with autism are so impaired that they must have help with even some of their most basic needs, such as dressing, eating, or going to the bathroom. Other people with autism can function well, maintaining relationships and holding long-term jobs. Researchers have not found a cause to this disease and there is no definite treatment to cure autism. However, there are different medications that can help control the outspoken

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