Autism is a mental development disorder that affects social activity as well as communication. Over the past decade, the CDC has reported a rise of over 78% in new Autism Spectrum disorder cases, within the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012). This is a worrying trend, considering the cause of this growth remains a mystery. The challenge posed by autism can be alleviated through studies that focus on the social environment, and how autistic children relate to it.
As stated earlier, there are a growing number of autism cases in the US. It is estimated that one in 88 American children has been diagnosed with a form of autism spectrum disorder. Data collected by the Autism and Development Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM) indicates over 78% growth between 2007 and 2012 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012). The data also indicates that most of the children affected are male. However, an interesting trend is the higher IQs characterized by these new autistic cases, as compared to before (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012). An external environment influences a human’s life in profound ways (Freedman, 2009). Due to that, it is important to understand how it influences our thought patterns and other social characteristics. Thus, therapists can be able to train such children on how to respond to environmental stimuli and other factors. It will also be important to survey literature during this exercise. Sources such as Freedman’s Autism are also useful in that respect.
Children form the next generation of our society. The growing cases of autism therefore present a problem for future American generations. The psychiatric community is playing an important role in shaping the future society by combatting autism spectrum disorders now. It is expected that the studies shall be conducted successfully, and to the benefit of these suffering children.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,. (2012). CDC Features – Why Are Autism Spectrum Disorders Increasing?. Cdc.gov. Retrieved 2 September 2014, from http://www.cdc.gov/features/autismprevalence/
Freedman, J. (2009). Autism (1st ed.). New York, NY: Rosen Pub.
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