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Content Catastrophe: Autism: A Brief Overview

This is the kind of horrifically flawed and flat-out wrong information that only ensures propagation of social stigmas and myths. Another item someone paid for, but should’ve returned. This is irresponsible writing.

Autism has affected more than 1.5 children in the USA. It is a lifelong condition for which there is no cure.

If only autism only affected 1.5 children in the USA as opposed to 1 in every 150.

What is Autism?

Autism is a disorder caused in children during the first three years of their life. Autism is essentially a brain disorder. It affects the normal functioning of the brain. Autism is characterized by a disability in a child’s verbal and non-verbal communication. A child with autism suffers from mental retardation, stereotyped activities and impaired learning.

Autism and mental retardation are not alike. Autism is not mental retardation it is a neurological disorder.

The child also suffers from restrained social interactions and pursuits of individualistic interests and hobbies.

Autism develops in degrees and is different for each child. All autistic children pursue their own interests and all are indeed individuals.

Genes are also considered as a cause of autism. Genetics play an important role in a person’s lifestyle and behavior. A child can suffer from autism if he has a family history of autism or other disabilities.

Genes are unknown to have any affect on the development of autism. Simply put, no one knows what causes it. A family history may or may not influence it, but that is not known at this time.

As they grow, autistic children can become aggressive and show a tendency to harm others. They become increasingly frustrated and may even harm themselves. Children might also develop a condition known as echolalia. In this condition they only learn things by parroting what they hear.

Autistic children improve with time, learning how to better cope with their disorder. They are no more aggressive than children with ADD or ADHD and, in the right environment, aggression is not the issue. Impulsivity is the issue. Echolalia is repetition, but as far as it’s capacity for “teaching,” that is entirely debatable.

A child suffering from autism also suffers from a lack of creativity. He might simply gaze at a new object or toy, or hold it. He would not play or experiment with it, like normal children.

No autistic children are without creativity. All of them experiment and play with whatever interests them. In every way, physically, they are “normal,” children.

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