medical Definition of ASD
- In 1994, diagnosticians adopted the term autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which also includes children with impaired social skills but not necessarily severe intellectual disabilities or language delays.
- —Melinda Beck, The Wall Street Journal, 2 Feb. 2010
- Autism or an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) may affect 1 in every 170 children. The disorders are characterized by a child's failure to develop normal social interaction as well as various language, thought, and movement problems.
- —Science News, 3 June 2006