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Can autism spectrum disorder be defined as being a "micro" sesiure disorder ?

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Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
No, petite mal: seizures arise from abnormal brain electrical activity and can be identified with EEG and often responds to Rx. ASD is a developmental disorder with a range of symtoms, but include difficulty with comminication and interaction with others. is associated with repetitive behaviors or limited interests or activities, begins before age 2 and is severe enough to interfere with social functioning.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
No: ASD is an umbrella term that includes autism, Asperger's and pervasive developmental delay not otherwise specified. A simple way to look at this group is their nervous system responds differently to stimulus than most people.While a patient with any of these specific conditions might have some form of a seizure disorder, it would never be appropriate to imply they all have one.

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