My topic was Autism, I was interested in this topic because it seemed interesting and I thought I could learn something out of it. It was interesting because the name of the topic just caught my attention, and I didn’t think that a lot of people would pic this topic. This connects to Temple Grandin’s chapter “From the Margins to the Mainstream” because it talks about how kids act around people. But also the way they learn and it can depend on how fast/slow they learn, Is another thing that they have struggles with. My research question was, “How can autism affect people that have it, and what are the types of symptoms?” Autism can lead to communication problems and out-of-control behavior.

A way to diagnose autism is by running test on the person that could probably have autism.  Also another way to take them to the doctor or the psychologists/physician. “Presently, we don’t have a medical test that can diagnose autism. Instead, specially trained physicians and psychologists administer autism-specific behavioral evolutions.”- Autism Speaks (How is autism diagnosed?). They diagnose them by taking the child to the doctor, because there isn’t a medical test yet. So what that means that the parents have to pay attention to the kids, to see if the have some of the signs that they have autism. Other way to diagnose autism is by… “When such a screening-or a parent- raises concerns about the child to a specialist in developmental evolution and early intervention. These evaluations should include hearing and lead exposure tests as well as autism-specific screening tool such as the M-CHAT.”- Autism Speaks (How is autism diagnosed?). These are other ways to diagnose autism so the most common thing to do is to take the child to the doctor. By taking the child to the doctors/psychologists/physician, Or by running a test once they find a way to run one on someone.

Further, a sign of a child that has autism is when they are having trouble with communicating with other people. “Autism spectrum disorder impacts how a child perceives and socializes with others, causing problems in crucial areas of development-social interaction communication and behavior. Each child with ASD is most likely to have a unique pattern of behavior and level of severity-from low functioning to high functioning.”- Mayo Clinic (Diseases and Conditions).The way low-function communication looks like is… By looking at the way they communicate basically to see if they are active or not, high functioning can look like them being very active and energetic. It can impact their behavior and how they communicate with other people. But not all kids have the same type of behavior that other autistic kids have. They sometimes have a hard time interacting with others. “Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is a range of neurodevelopmental disorders predominantly characterized by impaired social functioning and communication disturbances. Symptoms can include intense focus on one item, unresponsiveness, lack of understanding social cues (like tone of voice or body language), repetitive moments, or self abusive behavior like head banging.”- Medicine Net (Conrad). You can tell if it’s a sign or not just by looking at they’re body language. Or by the way they communicate which sometimes it could be hard for them. But sometimes they can do it in an aggressive way. You can easily tell when a child has autism by the way they communicate and there body language, because sometimes it can be repetitive on what they do/say.

Furthermore, parents have noticed that they’re children have slow learning process. They could have slow learning skills and they might need extra support from their parents/teachers. “Most children with ASD are slow to gain knowledge or skills, and some have signs of lower than normal intelligence. Other children with ASD have normal to high intelligence-they learn quickly, yet have trouble communicating and applying what they know in a everyday life and adjusting to social situations.”- Mayo Clinic (Diseases and Conditions). Kids can have a slow learning process which might require them to have more support at home and at school. But they have their own area/subject(s) that they are good at, like music,art,math.Parents are also worried about the way they learn and they’ve noticed that they actually learn but it takes time. Not all kids that have autism are the same some have different type of difficulties that not all of them have.

Autism can lead to communication struggles and out-of-control behavior. My research has changed the way I see people because not everyone is the same, because I used to think everyone that has a disorder had to go through the same treatment, and that they all had the same types of symptoms. But after I did all the research I found out that not everyone is the same. What I would like to learn more about this topic is… If there was a way to get rid of autism.



Diseases and Conditions Autism spectrum disorder. Mayo Clinic, 3 June 2014, . Accessed 2 March 2017.

How is autism diagnosed? Autism Speaks, 2017, . Accessed 6 March 2017.

Autism Spectrum Disorder. National Institute of Mental Health, October 2016, . Accessed 6 March 2017.

Conrad, Melissa. Autism Symptoms & Signs. Medicine Net, 2005-2017, . Accessed 6 March 2017.