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This paper explores autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
# 105487 | 1,107 words | 7 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Jul 08, 2008 in Psychology (Disorders) , Psychology (Therapies) , Medical and Health (General)

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The paper discusses how genetics and environmental factors are both thought to play a role in the development of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The paper also addresses the detection and treatment of autism. The paper reveals that although autism and ASD are troubling disorders that demand intensive patience and care, autism need not be a debilitating condition and many children with autism do mature into productive teens and adults with few signs of the disorder.

From the Paper:

"The incidence of autism in the United States has increased dramatically to a point at which a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study revealed that 1 in 150 8-year old children have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Autism Society of America classifies the problem as a "national health crisis." Autism's toll extends beyond those whose lives are directly affected by the disorder, as ASDs cost the American health care system an estimated $35 billion (Autism Society of America). Although the CDC claims that "it is unclear how much of this increase is due to changes in how we identify and classify ASDs," previous research has shown that the increase is due to more than simply robust reclassification and diagnostic procedures. A University of California study found that "The observed increase in autism cases cannot be explained by a loosening in the criteria used to make the diagnosis," (Byrd 2002)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Adams, J.B., Holloway, C.E., George, F & D. Quig, D. (2003). Toxic Metals and Essential Minerals in the Hair of Children with Autism and their Mothers. DAN Conference. Retrieved June 30, 2007 from
  • Autism Research Institute. research. Retrieved June 30, 2007 from
  • Autism Society of America. Retrieved June 30, 2007 from
  • Byrd, R.S. (2002). M.I.N.D. Institute Study Confirms Autism Increase. Science Daily. Retrieved June 30, 2007 from
  • Centers for Disease Control. FAQs: Prevalence, Autism. Retrieved June 30, 2007 from

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Autism (2008, July 08) Retrieved October 01, 2023, from

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"Autism" 08 July 2008. Web. 01 October. 2023. <>