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what is autism?

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Dr. David Roberts
36 years experience Neurology
Disconnected: Autism is a disorder characterized by qualitative impairments in communication and social interaction, with restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behaviors and interests. Abnormal development is present before the age of 3 years. [1] [2] there is a history of language delay (single-word or phrase speech delay) and 25% of children lose previously acquired language skills (regression).
Answered on Oct 25, 2017
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Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
28 years experience Psychiatry
DSM 4 : It is defined by dsm 4 currently, available online, just google "autistic disorder dsm 4", the criteria is clear and self explanatory. For a particular case to be diagnosed, psychiatry consultation is recommended.
Answered on Apr 12, 2013
Dr. Johanna Fricke
50 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
A neurodevelopmental: Disorder with age-specific observable behaviors that indicate delays in social communication, both verbal & non-verbal, & in reciprocal social interaction + stereotypical motor movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest. Underlying deficits are lack of theory of mind (understanding that others can have a different point of view), joint attention & face recognition. See firstsigns.Org.
Answered on May 3, 2013

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