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In autism, the brain does not develop normal social and communication skills. It is a developmental disorder that may include:

  • Impaired social interactions
  • Impaired spoken and nonverbal communication
  • Repeated patterns of behavior

Symptoms can range from very mild to quite severe. Signs of autism appear in the first 3 years of life, but it may be diagnosed much later.

Browse the resources listed on this page for more information about the following topics related to autism:

  • Asperger's syndrome
  • Auditory integration training
  • Diet in autism
  • Education
  • High-functioning autism
  • Management of autism
  • Pervasive developmental disorder
  • Sign language and autism

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