Enhancing Resilience in Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder



Among the variety of developmental and physical disabilities that have been studied, certain of these have been known to affect families more (drastically) than others. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is such a disability. In the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV; American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2000), the term ASDs is used to describe five related neurodevelopmental disorders contained within the diagnostic classification of pervasive developmental disorders (PDD). That is, ASD is an umbrella term that refers to a range of disorders affecting multiple areas of development: social–emotional development, communication, sensory processing, cognition, and behavioral domains. The highly variable manifestations of autism can range from a nonverbal child with severe cognitive impairment and aggression or self-injurious behaviors to a college student with above-average intelligence and a successful academic and work record (Muhle, Trentacoste, & Rapin, 2004).


Autism Spectrum Disorder Autism Spectrum Disorder Down Syndrome Intellectual Disability Social Competence 
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