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DefinitionIn accordance to the IDEA autism is a developmental disability that significantly affects a students verbal and nonverbal communication social interaction and education performance Under the IDEA a student cannot be autistic if they have are adversely effected by a primary emotional disturbance Under the definition found in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders they define the Autism Spectrum as a group of five disorders that vary in severity Those five disorders are Autistic Disorder Retts Disorder Childhood Disintegrative Disorder Auspergers Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified ReflectionI think that the definition of autism is a very complex and intertwining definition that is necessary I feel that the definition has to be so complex because autism is barely understood based upon my previous experience I feel that the Autism Spectrum is appropriate because it allows for students who have an obvious disability but do not fall into any other group a place to be placed into so the student can receive an IEP With an IEP the student will be able to achieve at a high academic level CharacteristicsAutism is associated with seven distinct characteristics 1 language development 2 social development 3 repetive behavior 4 problem behavior 5 the need for environmental predictability 6 sensory and movement disorders and 7 intellectual function In regards to language an autistic student can range from no verbal communication to having the ability for complex communication Typically they will have a large number if impairments The two most typical are delayed language and echolalia In todays educational system it is assumed that 85-90 of all students will develop some form of verbal communication However these children will have some form of a disability with speaking those are often they focus on one topic only limits a communication to fewer than a couple of interactions uses limited gestures to supplement their verbal skills reverses pronouns the student will use a pronoun appropriate for the person they are
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