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Autism is a complex neurobehavioral condition that includes impairments in social interaction and developmental language and communication skills combined with rigid, repetitive behaviors. Because of the range of symptoms, this condition is now called autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It covers a large spectrum of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairment. ASD ranges in severity from a handicap that somewhat limits an otherwise normal life to a devastating disability that may require institutional care.

From: Understanding Autism -- the Basics WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Pediatrics: Pediatrics 2010. 

Parker, S., Zuckerman, B., and Augustyn, M. (editors). Lippincott, 2005. Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: A Handbook for Primary Care,

American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders version 5 ( DSM-5

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American Academy of Pediatrics: Pediatrics 2010. 

Parker, S., Zuckerman, B., and Augustyn, M. (editors). Lippincott, 2005. Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: A Handbook for Primary Care,

American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders version 5 ( DSM-5

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 14, 2019

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