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Autism (sometimes called “classical autism”) is the most common condition in a group of developmental disorders known as the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Autism is characterized by impaired social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests.
Distinctive Behaviors
Associate with Autism
impaired ability to make friends with peers
absence or impairment of imaginative and social play
impaired ability to initiate or sustain a conversation with others
stereotyped, repetitive, or unusual use of language
restricted patterns of interest that are abnormal in intensity or focus
preoccupation with certain objects or subjects
inflexible adherence to specific routines or rituals
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Impaired social interaction
Repetitive behaviors or
Narrow, obsessive interests
Problems with verbal and nonverbal communication