Autism And Autism

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Autism is a disorder that affects an individual’s communication skills, social skills, and way of thinking and comprehending things (WebMD). Autism is a lifelong disorder that does not go away with age. Some signs of autism include inability to speak, jumping up and down or rocking back and forth repetitively, sensitivity to noise, avoiding eye contact, avoiding social interactions, etc., (WebMD). In the United States, more males are diagnosed with autism than females (Hartzell, 2012). There are many people who believe that certain vaccines cause autism, specifically the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine (Kirkland, 2012). On the other hand, I believe that vaccines are not the cause. I believe that a person’s genetic makeup might be…show more content…
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is well recognized to be genetically heterogeneous” (Bruining, 2014). “It is assumed that the genetic risk factors give rise to a broad spectrum of indistinguishable behavioral presentation” (Bruining, 2014). In one research study that was conducted, the Support Vector Machine (SVM) was used “to classify genotype membership on the basis of ADI-R item scores” (Bruining, 2014). The Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) is an interview schedule that is commonly used to recognize “key symptoms that characterize the syndrome” and help diagnose autism (Bruining, 2014). These methods used in this study proved that there is an “existence of ‘signature’ autistic behavioral profiles that index underlying genetic risk processes” (Bruining, 2014). Mutations on different genes have been known to cause many other common disorders. There is still ongoing research on how genetics and autism are related to one another. Unfortunately, a cause for autism has yet to be identified (Hartzell,…show more content…
I have an older brother that was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. So, I have experienced firsthand how autism can have an impact on the person diagnosed and the family. Till today, my family and I are still searching for answers on how my brother was diagnosed with the disorder. Both my brother and I have had the MMR vaccination, along with many other vaccinations, but my brother was the only one who got the disorder. I believe that autism must be related to genetics in some way because he was the child who got the disorder and I did not. Autism overall is an interesting topic that I would like to continue to learn more about. Currently, I have not heard of any other possible causes of autism. But, I want to continue to keep up with any new research or possible cause of
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