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The term AUTISM denotes a neurobiological syndrome involving complex disabilities.  Autism manifests itself and is detectable in early childhood, presenting as difficulties in communication, social interaction and behavioral patterns.  Recent literature (Prior, 2003) suggests a incidence of 0.6 percent of children at birth, with an estimated rate of one in 500 if we include spectrum disorders.

Autism levels range from moderate to severe, but the development of mental functions is significantly compromised in every sufferer.  The consequence is a severe disability. 

Clinical features of Autism include:


Autism affects males four times more than females.

It has been observed

The most serious manifestations of Autism typically comprise the following:

The situation of autistic teenagers and adults is of particular concern in that:

Updated on 2/9/2012


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