Strengths And Weaknesses Of Children With Autism

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“Having a special needs child is not a horrible life, it is just a different life and it was one that you had not prepared for and you hadn’t been preparing for your entire life” (Persaud, 2008). This is a quote from the film, It’s a Different World, that takes a closer look at the Turner family, and how life is like when 3 kids in one family were all diagnosed with Autism Disorder. In the film, the mother, Mary talks about each child and how life is like, the strengths and challenges with kids with autism. Mary’s three children are Scott who is 11, and the twins Katie and Stephen who are 10. Katie is seen to have the most severe case of autism between all three kids, while both Stephen and Scott are diagnosed with a high functioning form of autism. In the United States it is estimated that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism, about 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are estimated to have this disorder (What is Autism?, 2018). When a child is diagnosed with autism or autism spectrum disorder, it means that the child is having challenges and difficulties with their “social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences” (What is Autism?, 2018). There are many strengths and weaknesses that a child can have when they are autistic, however, not every child will have the same strengths or weakness. Some of the strengths associated with autism can be having a great attention to detail, high skilled in a
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