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Understanding autism

Understanding Autism

When you think of autism, you probably think of Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man, playing an autistic savant who struggles to communicate on a social level, but is brilliant with numbers.

In reality, this depicts only a small portion of those who fall into the autism spectrum disorder. Understanding this complex condition can be difficult, but answering some basic questions can help. What is Autism? Autism is a neurological disorder that has to do with the development, or delay thereof, of the brain.

There are variations of autism, leading to the umbrella term Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), under which the various autism disorders now fall. These included Asperger’s, also sometimes referred to as high-functioning autism, which is the mildest form of the disorder. Pervasive Development Disorder, not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) was often used as a diagnosis for those who showed symptoms more severe than Asperger’s, but less than autistic disorder……

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