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Autism By Learning Tean “A” Psy/340 Amanda Trivett Sandra Cruz Danielle Delaunay Ebony Henson James Clements Jocelyn Copko Nina Gay date
Introduction What is Autism Neurological damage or changes to the brain as a result of Autism Behavioral or functional changes The suspected or known causes of Autism The role of genetics
What is Autism? Developmental brain disorders Wide-spectrum disorder Difficulty with communication & social skills Result of a neurological disorder
Neurological Damage or Changes to the Brain as a Result of Autism Neurological damage or changes Abnormalities in the Limbic System Abnormalities in the Frontal Lobes Abnormalities in the Brain Stem Fourth Ventricle or in the Cerebellum
Behavioral or Functional Changes that can Occur as a Result of Autism Autism is comprised of a wide spectrum of disorders Behavioral changes vary from mild to severe Symptoms vary and can be detected at an early age.
National and International Incidences of Autism Statistics in the U. S. (As of 2009) 1 in 110 births Growth Rate over 1,100% 1% of child population Statistics in the U.K. ( As of 2009) 1 in 64 births Growth rate over 1,000% 1% of child population
The Suspected or Known Causes of Autism Genetic Child’s sex Family History Father’s Age Other Medical Disorders Environmental Viral Infections Air Pollutants Mercury Poisoning
Current Treatments or Therapies Therapies Speech Therapy Occupational Therapy Social Skills Therapy Treatments Brain Balance Intervention
The Role of Genetics on the Onset of Autism Chromosomal Indicators 2 and 7 play a critical role 3 and 10 distinguish onset 4 and 11 markers for gender differences
Conclusion Autism consists of a wide spectrum of different disorders ranging from mild to severe Characterized by difficulty in social interaction No known cause or cure Several treatments exist Research indicates genetic link Family support is key
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