Saturday, August 20, 2011

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders

Interesting column by Dr. Richard Elghammer who writes weekly for the Journal Review in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Jump in your car. Drive around. Read the writing on billboard advertising. You will soon come across a billboard which, in letters two feet high, proclaims: “EVERY 20 MINUTES A CHILD IS BORN WITH AUTISM.” What’s going on?
Today’s column will take you inside the complex and confusing world of Autism Spectrum Disorders. ASD is a broad term for a range of childhood developmental disorders which, in order of severity, go like this: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, to Asperger’s Disorder. ASD’s cause impairments in three areas: Social relationships, verbal and non-verbal communication and in the regulation of behavior.

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