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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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 Alexithymia has been linked to a range of mental health disorders like depression, PTSD, schizophrenia, and autism spectrum disorder. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here's What Alexithymia Actually Is—and Why It Can Make Therapy Challenging," 14 Feb. 2019 Researchers determined that 5,473 of these kids met the definition for an autism spectrum disorder. Karen Kaplan, latimes.com, "Here's why the apparent increase in autism spectrum disorders may be good for U.S. children," 26 Apr. 2018 Synaptic development is abnormal in autism spectrum disorders. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Autism involves a large-scale reduction in RNA editing," 21 Dec. 2018 The answer: children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their younger siblings. Paul A. Offit, Md, Philly.com, "Why are children with autism at higher risk for serious infections?," 2 Apr. 2018 The new figure was derived from 2014 estimates for 8-year-olds diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in 11 communities across the nation. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Autism prevalence increases: 1 in 59 US children," 26 Apr. 2018 One in 68 children in the U.S. has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control — but diagnosing the disorder early is notoriously tough. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Autism is hard to diagnose in young children. This blood test could change that, researchers say," 19 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, The Wall Street Journal, 2 Feb. 2010 Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are characterized by impairments in social behaviors that are sometimes coupled to specialized cognitive abilities.— Katsuhiko Tabuchi et al., Science, 5 Oct. 2007 Nearly 2 million Americans have Asperger's or other autistic spectrum disorders that mute their social radar.— Michelle Green, People, 24 Sept. 2007 abbreviation ASD

called also pervasive developmental disorder

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