What is Autistic Spectrum Disorder?
According to the Mayo Clinic, children categorized under Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have problems in three crucial areas of development: social skills, language and behavior. ASD covers a range of behaviors that account for subgroups including autism, Asperger’s syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, Rett syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). Other possible indicators of autism, described in Can a Teacher Diagnose Autism? include: • problems with toilet training, sleeping, and/or eating • laughing, crying or giggling at inappropriate times • responses to touch, light, sound, taste, or smell may be unusual and intense • unaware of pain, heat, or cold • irrational fears or no fear of real danger • self-injurious behavior. This site from the Autism Society of Ohio details the history of autism as a separate disability category under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and describes educational models and diagnosis. Are you confused by the ter
Socialization and Communication Are Key in Supporting Individuals with Autism. By Sally Burton-Hoyle Autism (AI), also known as autistic spectrum disorder, is a neurological disorder that impairs socialization and communication and may cause differences in the way an individual processes information. When a child with AI is asked to tell about or show something that is known to interest the child, may seem unable or unwilling to do so. An individual’s inability to regulate his or her processing of the environment through the sensory system, including smelling, touching, seeing, and hearing, and sensitivity to external movements, are early characteristics a parent or caregiver may notice. A child may act as if he or she cannot hear or see, or sounds may seem to cause pain to the childs ears. A child may act as if he or she does not want to be touched or held. Touch may appear to cause the child physical pain. A child may not respond to his or her name, or may be in constant motion. A Sp
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other disorders of relating and communicating involve a number of different challenges. Each child, though he may share a common diagnosis with other children, has his own unique pattern of development and functioning. For example, some children are over reactive to sensations, such as touch and sound, while others are under reactive. Some children have relatively strong auditory memories, while others have relatively strong visual memories. Some children are able to sequence and plan a number of actions in a row, while others are only able to carry out one action at a time, and therefore become very fragmented in their behavior. Such processing difficulties can interfere with a child’s ability to relate, communicate and think. In addition, children differ in their basic mastery of the foundations for relating, communicating, and thinking. Some children with autistic spectrum disorders can form relationships and engage in purposeful social interacti
- Im interested in the Autistic Spectrum Disorder course but the NAS website gives a closing date for applications; is it too late to apply?
- My son has been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. Do you have experience working with a child who have autistic spectrum disorder?
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