autism spectrum disorder

noun
variants: or less commonly autistic spectrum disorder

Definition of autism spectrum disorder

: any of a group of developmental disorders (such as autism and Asperger's syndrome) marked by impairments in the ability to communicate and interact socially and by the presence of repetitive behaviors or restricted interests

called also pervasive developmental disorder

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The State Medical Board has postponed a vote on adding anxiety and autism spectrum disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for purchasing medical marijuana. USA TODAY, "Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2019 Researchers have found that male rhesus monkeys who tend to shun group play, mutual grooming and other social activities have a subtle thing in common with boys who have an autism spectrum disorder. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Is vasopressin what's lacking in the brains of those with autism?," 3 May 2018 Many years ago Robauto’s founder, Jalali Hartman, created a robot to help children with autism spectrum disorder communicate and have social interaction using artificial intelligence. Pratik Joshi, The Denver Post, "Longmont company’s AI tech to help kids with behavioral issues," 16 June 2019 Last week, the list was expanded to include opioid use disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, autism spectrum disorder, and several degenerative neurological disorders. Morgan Lee, BostonGlobe.com, "New Mexico proposes new cap on medical pot production," 12 June 2019 As the years passed, evidence poured in for a similar mechanism in humans, and mirror neurons became implicated in a long list of phenomena, including empathy, imitation, altruism and autism spectrum disorder, among others. Quanta Magazine, "How the Brain Links Gestures, Perception and Meaning," 25 Mar. 2019 While not much is known about him personally, he was reportedly diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and a low-average IQ. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Nicholas Godejohn? Inside Gypsy Rose Blanchard's Relationship With Her Mother's Killer," 3 Apr. 2019 One characteristic of autism spectrum disorder is the desire for order and patterns. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Love of patterns, order may explain mad math skills—and autism link," 8 Aug. 2018 It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Katy Mills Mall hosts bunny for children, pets," 27 Feb. 2018

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autism spectrum disorder

noun
variants: also autistic spectrum disorder

Medical Definition of autism spectrum disorder

: any of a group of developmental disorders (such as autism and Asperger's syndrome) marked by impairments in the ability to communicate and interact socially and by the presence of repetitive behaviors or restricted interests One in 110 American 8-year-olds had an autism spectrum disorder in 2006, an increase of 57% since 2002 …— Melinda Beck Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are characterized by impairments in social behaviors that are sometimes coupled to specialized cognitive abilities.— Katsuhiko Tabuchi et al. Nearly 2 million Americans have Asperger's or other autistic spectrum disorders that mute their social radar.— Michelle Green abbreviation ASD

called also pervasive developmental disorder

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