RESEARCH SKILLS PROJECT
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1-) What is autism ?
2-) How can it be diagnosed in childhood ?
3-) Therapy available for autistic patients ?
4-) How to care someone with autism ?
5-) How can someone with autism cope with the struggle of being autistic ?
6-) What options for employement are available for people with autism ?
7-) How to help someone with autism at work ?
8-) How to educate someone with autism ?
What is autism ?
Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication, and by restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behavior.
The diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent before a child is three years old.
Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood.
It is one of three recognized disorders in the autism spectrum
How Can It Be Diagnosed In Childhood
Presently, we don’t have a medical test that can diagnose autism. Instead, specially trained physicians and psychologists administer autism-specific behavioral evaluations.
Often parents are the first to notice that their child is showing unusual behaviors such as failing to make eye contact, not responding to his or her name or playing with toys in unusual, repetitive ways. For a description of early indicators of autism, see Learn the Signs.
The Modified Checklist of Autism in the child which is a list of informative questions about your child. The answers can indicate whether he or she should be further evaluated by a specialist such as a developmental pediatrician, neurologist, psychiatrist or psychologist.
We encourage parents to trust their instincts and find a doctor who will listen and refer their child to appropriate specialists for...