Class: Developmental Psychology II
Prof.: Elisabeth Geiling
Subject: Reaction to Human Development Article
Session: Fall 2014
Pam Belluck, in her “Study Finds That Brains with Autism Fail to Trim Synapses as They Develop,” reports on a new study that establishes the correlation between autism in children and a surplus of synapses in some parts of the brain. This may explain some symptoms like oversensitivity to noise or social experiences, as well as why many people with autism also have epileptic seizures, she says. According to the American Psychiatric Association, Autism Spectrum Disorder is defined as a neurodevelopmental condition which unfolds during the first few ...view middle of the document...
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difference to alleviate the stress. We need to make it less difficult. They need to know that a diagnosis is not the end of a normal life. Fortunately, what is significant about this article is that scientists are looking to find an answer. Brice 2
Based on the study conducted by David Sulzer, a neurobiologist at Columbia University, Pam describes that an overabundance of synapses explains symptoms of autism like oversensitivity to noise, as well as why many people with autism also have epilepsy. There are a lot of controversies out there on what might cause the symptoms of autism in young subjects. Some of the information is not necessarily from reputable sources that we can sightlessly trust. This article is mostly about identifying symptoms that one can observe in an autistic child. In other words, it is about an effect that causes the symptoms of autism. The discovery reported in the article does not undo previous research about autism, it just adds to them. It is not a matter of proving someone else wrong, it is a question of adding to the existing
discussion of what autism is. I believe that understanding the real causes of autistic behaviors might help treat the symptoms in autistic children.
In the study, they have discovered the overabundance of the synapses in the brain that suggests the behavioral issue in someone diagnosed with autism. It offers great insight to potential treatment for autism that might help their social skills. This topic should be researched further in depth. Understanding better the cause can help affected families to expect a better tomorrow. Also this combined with other therapies might eventually be a great impact on the behavioral problems of children with autism. We now know that...