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In the United States nearly every 34 kids out of 1000 ages 3-10 years old are affected by autism National Autism is a spectrum disorder A spectrum disorder is any group of disorders that have similar symptoms and certain features are shared along its spectrum but the symptoms rate at different degrees and have different forms Spectrum There are many different types of treatment for Autism but there is no cure or a known cause In order to improve the skills of autistic children Applied Behavior Analysis a type of treatment should be used in all schools The word autistic was first used by Eugen Bleuler Eugen used this word to describe schizophrenic patients who were self absorbed History The word autism or autistic comes from the Greek word autos which means self Bonnie 24 Dr Leo Kanner introduced early infantile autism in 1943 This was after he studied a group of eleven children National One year later Hans Asperger diagnosed a group of children as autistic physcopaths History This diagnosis is now called Aspergers Syndrome and is an autism spectrum disorder ASD It was not until the middle of the 1970s until special education for children with autism was used in schools These classes were rare Soon in the 1980s autism research increased People started to look at autism as a spectrum disorder History Even today researchers have not found a cause or a cure for Autism only treatments that can improve day-to-day life skills for autistic children Autism is a neurological disorder that affects the brain and its development Symptoms of autism include but are not limited to social skills imagination activity and language skills are damaged Bonnie 17 poor eye contact doesnt respond processes information one piece at a time does not like change and many others National Autistic children are often characterized as socially withdrawn Nash Most childrens symptoms start to appear from ages one to three Bonnie 17
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