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Autism - Senior Project 2013

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Katelyn Chambers

on 4 January 2013

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CHAMBERS statistics Autism is one of the fastest growing developmental disabilities in America, today, with every 1 in 88 children being diagnosed.
Autism is 4-5 times more common in boys than girls
Only 56% of children with autism graduate high school. definition AAP defines Autism Spectrum Disorders as "a set of complex neurodevelopmental disorders [characterized] behaviorally by

- impaired social interaction,
- delayed and disordered language,
- repetitive or stereotypic behavior,
- and a restricted range of interests." derives from the Latin root meaning "self".

Early theorists considered autism a form of schizophrenia due to the apparent self-absorption

Dr. Leo Kanner of Johns Hopkins Hospital conducted first ever structured study and description of self absorbed and non communicative children categorizing such children under their own disorder in 1943..... BACKGROUND symptoms difficulties with:
social interactions
verbal and nonverbal behavior
motor coordination
repetitive behavior
may not show affection towards parents
associated medical conditions
sleep problems
metabolic conditions
gastrointestinal disorders treatment behavioral
therapy movement
therapy medication/other Applied Behavioral Analysis, Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH), and sensory integration are used to help parents and teachers improve communication and social behavior of their child. Speech, occupational (dance in some cases), and physical therapies are also used to improve a child's language/expression, as well as any deficiencies in coordination and motor skills. used to treat:
OCD behaviors structured sleep/wake times
gluten free diet Potential
Causes Mutation of genes

Older parental age at the time of conception

Maternal illness during pregnancy

Difficulty during delivery that may cause a period of oxygen deprivation
to the baby's brain Autism Speaks
-Has grown into the world's
leading autism science and advocacy organization.
-Dedicated to funding research into the
causes, prevention, treatments and potentially a cure for
autism. Theatre Development Fund
-Has begun to focus on providing autistic children access to live theatre. Light it Up Blue

Walk Now for Autism Jenny McCarthy's Story Son Evan began experiencing seizures at age two and a half - red flag

Later diagnosed with Autism

Has written two books for parents of autistic children.

Has become involved with Generation Rescue Autistic people are often perceived as being mentally retarded or incapable
In reality, autistic children and adults regularly excel in visual, mathematical, musical, and artistic skills.

Tie to MMR vaccine MISCONCEPTIONS https://www. youtube.com/watch?v=ryQ0tfjXnkY
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