Homework Question on Autism
My outline is about:
- The meaning and causes of Autism.
- Autism in the inclusive classroom (what can be done to enhance total inclusion)
- Community role with autism.
Homework Answer on Autism
Autism is a disorder that is encompassed in the autism spectrum (ASDs) (Landa, 2007). Autism spectrum disorders describe the brain development disorders and encompass Asperger syndrome, autism, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) disorders. Features of the ASDs includes sensory and cognition problems, difficulty in communicating with other people, and repetitive behaviors. This paper will discuss autism with respect to what it is, the causes, autism in the inclusive classroom (what can be done to enhance total inclusion) and the role of the community.
Meaning and Causes
Autism is a brain disorder that is characterized by slow and difficult comprehension of spoken and non-verbal communication and repetition of behaviors. Autism is normally noticed in the first two years of a child (Myers & Johnson, 2007). Asperger syndrome is an autistic disorder that has almost the same similarities with autism. People with Asperger syndrome have little comprehension of the world and its surroundings and poor communication with other people. People with Asperger syndrome are hard to recognize, as they do not show on their outward appearances.
Pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) is diagnosed when some features of autism are observed but do not meet the criteria (Myers & Johnson, 2007). PDD-NOS are diagnosed more in boys than girls. With PDD-NOS, a child may seem to be rough, rude, and ignorant but the impairments and little comprehension of his/her surroundings excludes the child from social interactions and social communication as they experience difficulty and struggle.