Autism Spectrum Disorder


  • Brittany A Morris The College of Westchester
  • Erica Schacht The College of Westchester



Autism Spectrum, Autism, ASD


About 1 in 59 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD is reported to be 4 times more common among boys than girls. ASD affects all racial, ethical, and socioeconomic groups. The purpose of this journal article is to explain the history of Autism, different types of Autism, the characteristics, sign/symptoms, and medical conditions associated, the diagnosing process, genetic factors, environmental factors and more. The debate about the vaccinations and how some parents still believe that vaccines are making children Autistic are discussed throughout. Genetic testing is emphasized because the topic is of special interest. In the article are included charts from the organization showing gene list and charts that shows evidence of how individuals are placed on the spectrum, including how severe or mild. The goal of the article is to find out if this disorder originate from genetics or from the environment.


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Author Biographies

Brittany A Morris, The College of Westchester


Erica Schacht, The College of Westchester

Sr Chairperson, Chairperson & Associate Prof. General Education



How to Cite

Morris, B. A., & Schacht, E. (2019). Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Student Research, 8(2).



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