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Genevieve Van Wyden, who is a former social worker, was privileged to encounter many hundreds of children in her work in the child protective services profession. Some of these children suffered from autism or one of the autism spectrum disorders, making communication and interaction a challenge.
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All About the Autism Spectrum Disorder

Boy at Computer Free Digital Images Credit Arvind BalaramanWhat 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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