This 14 page research paper investigates the developmental disorder, autism. Autism is a disorder that appears in infancy and continues throughout the victim's life. Topics include: the characteristics of the autistic child and student; etiology; diagnostic process; and treatment programs. Research studies are reported as is the federal law that mandates the right to an education. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
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most often obvious in infancy and continues throughout a persons life. The disorder sometimes begins with symptoms that are so subtle, the parent is not aware there is something so
seriously wrong with their baby. By the time the baby becomes a toddler, the symptoms are prevalent and cannot be denied. Some children with autism suffer profound disabilities such as
little or no speech, thus they are incapable of communicating what they feel or think. Higher functioning victims can learn language and can even be successful in a job.
Most students with autism are placed in special schools but there are some who are mainstreamed and who can be successful with some extra
help from special education staff. It is still a struggle for all involved: the student who lives in a frightening and confusing world and the teacher who is trying to
help the student learn to become a functioning self-sufficient individual. The prognosis for autism is poor, to say the least. There is no cure and there is no real treatment
although secondary symptoms can be controlled with medication. This essay discusses the characteristics of the student with autism, etiology and diagnoses and
some of the treatments used with autistic students. Autism - Characteristics The spectrum of autism
is comprised of a group of developmental disorders that have life-long effects and that have impairments in common: social interaction; communication; imagination and behavior. Originally named by Leo Kanner in
1944, the spectrum is much wider than the syndromes originally described. The syndrome can be found in any level of ability from profound learning disability to average to superior cognitive