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Neurodevelopmental disorder: Autism

• Describe a neurodevelopmental disorder (Autism)
• Discuss behavioral criteria for the disorder.
• Discuss incidence rates and causes for the disorder.
• Propose two options for treatment for the disorder, based on two different theoretical models.

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600 words of notes and 3 APA article commentaries are included to briefly discuss ASD as a neurodevelopmental disorder: Autism.

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As you briefly describe Autism as a neurodevelopmental disorder, Autism is a prevalent one with statistics growing higher. Research from this source is astounding:

Autism Awareness Month: What Every Educator Should Know. (2013). Curriculum Review, 52(8), 10.

As you define it, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a "range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior." It can happen to all ethnic, socioeconomic, and age groups as well.

As you briefly discuss some behavioral criteria for the disorder, patients commonly exhibit impaired social interactions. Research also finds that "As early as infancy, a baby with ASD may be unresponsive to people or focus intently on one item to the exclusion of others for long periods of time." In fact, a child with ASD may appear to develop normally but "...then withdraw and become indifferent to social engagement." Other behavioral traits may include:

"* Fail to respond to their names and avoid eye contact
* Have ...

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