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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

A Glance into the Ever Expanding World of Autism: A Review of the Literature

Autism is an increasingly common diagnosis many are introduced to today. For a diagnosis to occur specific guidelines found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Edition IV need to be met, which then lead to an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Nonetheless, the disorder contains many deviations which complicate this process and render many with feelings of hopelessness and shame. This paper contains an in-depth analysis of the current literature on childhood and adolescent autism today. It examines the evolution of the disorder from its first diagnosis and introduction into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual up to today’s recent definition of the disorder and current research involving the disorder. This issue is of current concern in the mental health field, as well as in schools, places of work, and homes across the world. Through further analysis of this disorder, not only an overall understanding will be developed, but the knowledge to create innovative adaptations for those living with or impacted by the disorder will be enhanced.

Presenter: Erin Brown (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 107 Holmes
Time: 9:15 am (Session I)