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Department
Psychology
Course
PSY 395
Professor
Denti
Semester
Fall

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11/21/2013 11­21­13 pervasive developmental disorders (autism spectrum disorder) Interferes with all areas of your life  Includes autism, Asperger’s, childhood disintegrative disorder  Autism­ childhood disorder characterized by significant impairment in social interactions communication  and activities  Impairment in social interactions Communication problems  Resitricted patterns Maintanence of sameness  Ritualistic behavior Marked impairment with social interactions, lack of facial expressions, lack of eye contact  33% never acquire useful speech CD­restricted behavior, interest and activities Prefer things that remain the same, “maintenance of sameness”  Hyper or hyporeactive to sensory input Clear around 3 years old  40­55% with intellectual disability  better language skills and IQ predict better prognosis  unusual speech pattern characteristic idiot savant (savant syndrome) is not a usual feature of autism­ mentally retarded but have extreme ability in one area  Genetic influences­ Oxytocin­bonding and social memory  Helps in bonding and building trust Aspergers­ show restricted and repetitive stereotyped behaviors, do not show severe delays in language  and other cognitive skills characteristics of persons with autism  No effective treatments Psychosocial treatment­skill building and treatment of behavioral problems  Communication skills  Treatment o
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