You have learned that the conceptualization of autism spectrum disorders as diagnoses has evolved, with the current DSM conceptualizing one neurological disorder with common characteristics, which are presented on a wide continuum, rather than separate disorders such as Aspergers disorder or autistic disorder.
Watch the video Its a Different World. (
You may use the link provided or locate the video in the AUO library.
- Describe the symptoms or characteristics of autism spectrum disorder you saw illustrated in the video that you learned about in your readings.
- You have learned that autism is a spectrum disorder, with some children functioning at the lower end, requiring a lot of support, and others at the higher end, needing minimal support.
Describe strengths and challenges that were noted for the children in the video?
- Explain why it is important for a clinician to evaluate strengths and challenges in order to work with children, families, and educators.
- Drawing on your readings, the video, and any other peer-reviewed sources you find relevant, explain whether research supports separate disorders (e.g., Aspergers disorder, autistic disorder) or one disorder with a continuum of severity.