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Autism Spectrum Disorders

About Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism is a complex developmental disability that profoundly interferes with normal communication, social interaction, or behavior, usually before the age of 2 or 3. Prevalence estimates vary, but autism spectrum disorders may affect as many as 2-to-6 per 1000 children, making it the most common childhood disorder after mental retardation. Early detection and intervention are critical since education and treatment can alter the disabling trajectory of autism.