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autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

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A developmental, spectrum condition, which affects children throughout their lives.

autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – often referred to simply as 'autism'; this congenital condition is a spectrum disorder because it affects people in a variety of ways and to varying degrees, characterised by difficulties with social interaction. See also Asperger syndromecomplex communication needs (CCN) and developmental-learning disabilities.

Communication is commonly affected because social interaction is a two-way process. Additionally, many children with an ASD are delayed in their use of language.


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December 2012

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