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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a wide range of similar disorders that affect a person’s social interaction, communication, and behavior. ASD is a spectrum disorder because there is variation in the symptoms and their severity among individuals. Children and adults with autism will not share universal symptoms; each person presents a unique combination of indications. There are three general classifications of ASD symptoms—problems with social interaction, problems with communication, and exhibiting limited recurring behavior. A diagnosis of autism is generally accepted if a child shows symptoms in at least two of these three areas.