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2019-Jul-11
MENTAL HEALTH
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Introduction to Autism

Autism and Related Pervasive Developmental Disorders

A Neurological Illness Characterized by Social, Communication and Behavioral Deficits

Autism is a neurological disorder (a "brain" disease) characterized by the presence of severe communication, language and social deficits in affected persons. It is the most well known of several pervasive developm

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MENTAL HEALTH
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Autism in Adulthood

Autism is a life-long, chronic disorder that can significantly impact affected people's social and cognitive development. As a result, individuals with autism's adult functioning is frequently compromised. Some adults with autism learn to function well in society. They are able to earn degrees and to maintain gainful employment. Others never develop the communication and self-help skills necess

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2019-Jul-11
MENTAL HEALTH
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Behavioral and Communication Approaches

We combine discussion of behavioral and communication approaches here because they are so closely interrelated. In practice, behavioral and communicative therapies are usually presented simultaneously. Many troubling autistic spectrum behavioral issues disappear once children are able to communicate their wants and needs. Children with autism who understand what to expect from their environment

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Conclusion

Few adults with autism achieve great success. Many go through adulthood still struggling with sensory issues and communication deficits that interfere with their ability to function normally. There are exceptions to this rule, of course. Temple Grandin, Ph.D. was diagnosed with autism in 1950. Her symptoms were severe enough that her doctor suggested she be put in an institution. However, inste

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