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A case study of an infant with Autism.
According to center of disease control and prevention, statistics have shown that development disability has been on the constant rise in the recent years. Victims who fall under this category are most vulnerable to mental disorders and are in dire need of special attention for the purpose of adapting to the complexities of this modern world. Their ability to get a proper education, a proper lifestyle and social skills are constantly under threat and will significantly affect them. Family members, relatives and friends have a role to play, to give them hope, help them feel accepted, treasured and loved despite their predicaments. Development disability is a medical condition that results to physical or mental disabilitieswith substantial effects on their functioning.
After a normal pregnancy and delivery, Mr. & Mrs. Renorld gave birth to a bouncing baby boy with no complications recorded. At first, Mitch was seen to be in blooming health. He could stay awake for long at the comfort of his cotand you could hardly notice his presence. Mitch seemed not to be puzzled or scared by all the relatives and friends who came to visit him. Occasionally, he would seem not to be bothered by the presence of his parents. This felt a bit odd to his parents but they were delighted simply because they did not have to take turns trying to lure him into sleep. He never was a problem to them. At the age of two, Mitch could independently walk and Mr. and Mrs.Renorld decided to host a birthdayparty for their son. To their surprise, Mitch never seemed to be occupied or amused by the large number of neighbors and relatives who turned up to celebrate him. He acted oblivious of all the activities that were taking place at their home and he would walk past the audience and went over on his daily routine, playing with his toys and would not even care of the delicacies in place of his honor. He seemed to be so much into himself and would care less of the company of others. Mr.&Mrs.Renorld were worried about such strange behaviors and at first thought that Mitch would grow up to ignore them and his friends. To even great lengths, they could call Mitch who would not even blink back as a sign of responding.
To find out if this was a medical condition or simply behavioral, they decided to visit a pediatrician who ruled against any medical conditions and reassured them that all will soon be right. Mitch continuously became even more dependent to his toys and less concerned about anyone in the vicinity, spending an inordinate time making a palatial outlay of all his toys and on each day, he would perfectly make similar arrangements on his toys. His situation took a different turn,Mitch would self-inflict injuries on his body and would not even wail about it as the way a normal kid would do. His parents got even more worried and despite the reassurances from the pediatrician, they decided to visit a specialist who diagnosedMitch with autism.He assured them, despite this development disorder, his intellectual abilities were normal and should not worry much about how this condition will impair his ability to develop intellectually.
Autism spectrum disorder is a development disorder associated with neurological disorders affecting communication skills of an individual and his development towards social interactions.As much as the parents would try to teach Mitch some basic linguistic gestures, he would not even speak back to them and only made some strange sounds without saying a word.Mrs. Renorld agonized at his condition and she would instead guess the need of her child just in case Mitch failed to indicate what he wanted. The specialist advised them to take Mitch to a special daycare where he would receive special therapy that would help him speak.
With this help, Mitch began to speak complete sentence though in a strange manner. He could repeat every word his parents uttered instead of giving an answer whenever he was questioned. Though with progress in his speech therapy, other interesting habits come along. Mitch became highly fascinated on the sound of their car engine. He would get exceptionally happy whenever he heard the car engine roar and the turbines belch. He would always get up in time to watch his father start the car engine, marvel about it as.............
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