The Pros And Cons Of Autism

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Autism used to be a low occurrence disorder, now it is one of the fastest growing developmental disabilities in the United States. Autism is classified as one of the many serious developmental problems called Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Many researchers have believed that the continuous increase in autism cases over the last decade isn't real, but can be explained. One theory, which was popular in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s was that because of mandatory vaccinations children had been exposed to an overdose of mercury. The reason why anyone talks about vaccines and autism is because some parents had noticed drastic changes in their children shortly after the child was vaccinated. The Belief was that vaccines for the measles, mumps, and rubella contained Thimerosal which lead to the cause of autism in these children. According to Alice Park, Thimerosal is a controversial mercury compound that was used as a preservative in certain vaccines and other products since the 1930's. Although there are two separate issues concerning vaccines and autism, they're often lumped together. The theory that vaccines cause autism has since been disproven by numerous studies conducted around the world. “One in 110 American children are considered to fall somewhere along the autism spectrum, according to the latest report released by the federal government” (Park). Autism is a complex developmental disability which is a brain based disorders that affect a person’s behavior, social and communication skill, some are gifted this meaning the child can be very bright and have an above average IQ while others are severely challenged. According to “ Autism Society improving Life of all Affected by Autism”, Experts believe that Autism presents itse...

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...ies, these should be made in infants and up to the age of three in order to find out the autistic syndrome causes and development. In order for us to understand this epidemic growth. I believe this epidemic growth has cause parents and the public in general to be more aware of the rise regarding this idiopathic disease which has encouraged most citizens to participate, in researching funds towards autistic trials and experiments to help and develop a cure or at least avoid this disease. They have been able to better understand autism and the possible causes for its existence. Proper diagnosis has been a huge factor in the rise of autism, but that still doesn’t mean the cause of autism is not important. There is a reason for this rise and finding the cause is the only way scientists are going to be able to prevent this increased incidence from growing in the future.
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