What is the “autism spectrum disorder?” It is not just one disorder. Instead, it is an umbrella term for a group of disorders that interfere with communication. The following disorders fall under this term: Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (atypical autism), Asperger Syndrome and Autistic disorder, which is “classic” autism.
Young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder have problems communicating verbally and nonverbally; social interactions are impaired -- they are not able to understand how others feel, share emotions or hold a conversation; and they display repetitive behaviors -- repeating words or actions, for instance. They also develop obsessions about routines and schedules and play repetitively. They may also develop an obsession with a particular object, such as toy cars. These Bright Hub guides can help you understand more abut autism spectrum disorder.
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