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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Recent Examples on the Web Hi Amy and Meghan, My 22 year old gay son with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) is sheltering at home with us during the pandemic. The Washington Post, "On Parenting: Meghan Leahy took your questions," 24 June 2020 The pediatrician referred Pollock to the Brighton Center, a 50-year-old nonprofit that provides in-home treatment for children with special needs, such as autism spectrum disorder and intellectual and development disabilities, or IDD. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, ExpressNews.com, "Early childhood intervention experts worry the pandemic has hurt special needs kids," 19 June 2020 Anxiety, autism spectrum disorder and cachexia had been considered to join the list of 21 qualifying medical conditions included in Ohio’s 2016 medical marijuana law. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio medical marijuana: Panel recommends one new qualifying medical condition," 10 June 2020 That test has been used to diagnose autism spectrum disorder, right? Stella Marie Hombach, Scientific American, "From behind the Coronavirus Mask, an Unseen Smile Can Still Be Heard," 1 June 2020 Eli Simmons, 12, who has autism spectrum disorder and severe learning disabilities, usually works with a team of four professionals each day at River Springs Middle School in Orange City, Florida. Cassidy Alexander And Nikki Ross, USA TODAY, "'It's been hell': Parents struggle with distance learning for their kids with disabilities," 22 May 2020 Studies have also shown that melatonin is effective for insomnia in children with neurodevelopmental disorders including epilepsy and autism spectrum disorders. Christina Caron, New York Times, "Parents Are Relying on Melatonin to Help Their Kids Sleep. Should They?," 18 May 2020 The camp is an initiative of Anton’s Right Here, a center in St. Petersburg that provides support to people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Svetlana Bulatova, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 2 Apr. 2020 People with autism spectrum disorder, like me, have often had to deal with social isolation our whole lives. Sarah Ransdell, The Conversation, "Tips for managing social isolation during coronavirus, from women on the autism spectrum," 7 May 2020

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1981, in the meaning defined above

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“Autism spectrum disorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autism%20spectrum%20disorder. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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