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What is Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are lifelong developmental disabilities characterised by marked difficulties in social interaction, impaired communication, restricted and repetitive interests and behaviours and sensory sensitivities.

The word 'spectrum' is used because the range and severity of the difficulties people with an ASD experience can vary widely. ASDs include autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder and pervasive developmental disorder - not otherwise specified, which is also known as atypical autism. Sometimes the word "autism" is used to refer to all ASDs.



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