What is Autism?

Impaired social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication describe autism. It is a disorder of neural development, where there is also repetitive, restrictive or stereotypical behavior in addition to communication issues. The diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent before a child is three years old.

What Causes This Condition?

It affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize. However, how this occurs is not yet clear.

In addition, there are two other disorders in the autism spectrum (ASDs). One of them is Asperger’s Syndrome, which lacks delays in cognitive development and language. The other condition is Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS), which is the condition where the full set of criteria for either of the first two are not met.


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