Paradigm Shift in Autism Research Essay

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Paradigm shifts in the advancement of ASD research technologies The diagnosis of autism has been around since the 1950s. Back then, the theory of “refrigerator mother” had been used to explain the cause. “The hypothesis was based on the idea that autistic behaviors stem from the emotional frigidity, lack of warmth, and cold, distant, rejecting demeanor of a child's mother”. From that stemmed parental self-blame, guilt, and shame. Autism is characterized by delays or abnormal functioning before the age of three years in one or more of the following domains: (1) social interaction; (2) communication; and (3) restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities. I know the effects of autism. Being the father of two children on the polar opposites of the autism spectrum I have dealt with all the aspects and crippling emotional and social effects of the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In my research, I have discovered many paradigm shifts in the technologies used to treat this disorder. Over the years and the development of computational research the technologies of identifying and addressing the problems with physical, emotional, and social disabilities associated with ASD have grown exponentially. Professor of media research at MIT Rosalind W. Picard and her assistant professor Dr. Matthew Goodwin PhD. They have recently introduced a new way to monitor the internal bio data of children with ASD by using a wireless wristband technology. Introduced early this year at a conference held on the campus of UCLA. “Computational Behavioral Science: Developing Innovative Technology to Enhance Research and Practice in Autism Spectrum Disorder” In this Dr. Goodwin argues that the challenges researchers face when studying the effectiveness of behavioral therapies are exponential. “After all, every individual with autism presents

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