autism

  • Updated: April 2, 2011 - 11:48 PM

WHAT IS AUTISM?

A developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. It's described as a spectrum because the severity can vary dramatically from person to person.

CHARACTERISTICS

•Delayed or no language development.

•May avoid social interaction, ignore social cues.

•Oversensitive to sight, sounds, touch, smell and taste.

•Repetitive or obsessive behavior.

•Prone to tantrums or aggressive behavior.

•Doesn't play spontaneously.

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