The Truths of Autism

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Every year doctors diagnose thousands of adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Due to the growing awareness of autism and recent developments in technology, scientists and doctors can now discover and observe the effects of autism on society, and people. Starting with its discovery, researchers have been able to diagnose people more effectively. Doctors are beginning to discover what causes this disorder, and are currently trying to find ways to prevent and treat it. Many places have opened their doors to people with this disorder, creating autistic friendly environments where people are patient and understanding. Schools have also become accommodating to autistic children and adults. Autism also puts great strain on family and home lives. In 1943, Leo Kanner observed eleven children, each with similar behavioral patterns, and published a paper in which he stared,” The condition differs markedly and uniquely from any reported so far” (Miller). Although many cases of autism, and autism-like disorders appeared before throughout history, no one ever properly defined this disorder until Kanner’s paper. The first said to mention the word autism was Martin Luther during the Protestant Reformation, while describing a severally autistic boy, but this is a doubted speculation. The first to medically coin the term autism was Hans Asperger. Even though, he thought he was observing autism, he was actually observing and describing Asperger Syndrome, which doctors realized was a different disorder in 1981 (“Who discovered Autism?”). Autism does not affect every one the exact same way. Although people with autism do show, a lot of similar behavioral patters. Usually people with autism will make little to no eye contact. Eye cont... ... middle of paper ... ...Classrooms in the Public Schools." About.com Autism Spectrum Disorders. About.com, 07 July 2008. Web. 23 Feb. 2014. . Rudy, Lisa J. "What Causes Autism?" About.com Autism Spectrum Disorders. About.com, 23 Dec. 2010. Web. 21 Feb. 2014. . Smoak, Leslie D., M.D. "Autism Interview: With L. D. Smoak M.D." Personal interview. 19 Feb. 2014. "Who Discovered Autism?" Who Discovered Autism? WordPress, n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2014. . Wiseman, Nancy D. "Autism Awareness: Interview with Nancy D. Wiseman." Interview by Angela Generoso. MedicineNet.com. MedicineNet Inc., 17 Apr. 2007. Web. 20 Feb. 2014. .

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