Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is a developmental disorder which includes individuals that have substantial differences in their social communication and behaviors. The diagnostic criteria, updated in 2013, by the American Psychiatric Association in the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual defines the diagnostic criteria for ASD as “a child must have persistent deficits in each of three areas of social communication and interaction plus at least two of four types of restricted, repetitive behaviors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s page on Autism Spectrum Disorders provides information on the full diagnostic criteria, signs and symptoms, screening and treatment, data and statistics, research and information for families and professionals.
See also: Early Identification in Young Children: Autism
Bringing the Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders Into Focus (2013)
Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
See: Specific Disability Populations and Children At-Risk: Autism