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What Is Autism?

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About Autism

A little girl with autism Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by significant challenges in social functioning, verbal and nonverbal communication and a repertoire of repetitive, restricted or stereotyped behaviors. It is part of a group of complex developmental brain disorders known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD). The other pervasive developmental disorders include PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified), Asperger's Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. Many professionals and parents collectively refer to this group as Autism Spectrum Disorders.


Studio 360 Interview

Listen to an interview on Autism by Dr. Blythe Corbett given to Studio 360.

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