Autism and Asperger's Syndrome Analytical Essay by scribbler

Looks at autism and Asperger's syndrome and the future of children with these conditions.
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This paper reviews the characteristics, presentation, diagnosis and treatment of children with autism and with Asperger's syndrome. The paper explains that Asperger's differs from the traditional definition of autism in five main areas. The paper concludes that, although these conditions are very stressful for the parents and siblings, they and the child with the conditions can lead a fulfilling life if they all receive treatment and support early on.

Table of Contents:
Characteristics and Presentation
Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism
Asperger's Syndrome
Characteristics and Presentation
Hope for Both Families with Children who are Autistic or Have Asperger's Syndrome

From the Paper:

"In the 1940's, Hans Asperger, a Viennese pediatrician, was the first to officially observe and describe autistic-like symptoms in boys who had normal language and intelligence development; however, they experienced difficulties with social and communication skills. Since that time, Asperger's has been believed to be a milder form of autism. Some call this "high-functioning autism." Finally, in 1994, the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders listed Asperber's Syndrome as a separate disorder from autism. Despite the fact that the DSM has listed Asperger's as its own syndrome, there is continuing debate regarding its validity on its own as a separate and distinct syndrome from high-functioning autism.
"Asperger's differs from the traditional definition of autism in five main areas: (1) speech is less commonly delayed, (2) motor deficits were more common, (3) the onset appeared to be somewhat later, (4) all the initial cases occurred only in boys; and, (5) similar problems could be observed in family members, particularly fathers. Common symptoms of Asperger's syndrome includes difficulty in utilizing social cues, irony, or other types of communication which might be indirect . Individuals with autism might also have restricted eye contact and difficulty socializing with other people."

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