from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A pervasive developmental disorder characterized by severe deficits in social interaction and communication, by an extremely limited range of activities and interests, and often by the presence of repetitive, stereotyped behaviors.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Med.) a mental disorder characterized by inability to engage in normal social interactions and intense self-absorption, and usually accompanied by other symptoms such as language dysfunctions and repetitive behavior.
- noun behavior showing an abnormal level of absorption with one's own thoughts and disregard for external realities.
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- noun clinical psychology
Bio- neurological disorderthat is observable in early childhoodwith symptoms of abnormal self-absorption, characterised by lack of responseto other humans and by limited ability or disinclination to communicateand socialize.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun (psychiatry) an abnormal absorption with the self; marked by communication disorders and short attention span and inability to treat others as people
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The word 'autism' comes from the Greek word 'autos', meaning 'self'.
In the US, the case against thimerosal-caused autism is clearly shown by the continuing rise in autism diagnoses despite the removal of thimerosal from vaccines.
To me, the term autism related to Dustin Hoffman in Rainman, I had never encountered it personally in my life.
When I use the word "autism" -- or say to someone she has autism -- it's the best I can do in a short time period.
The term autism describes a neurodevelopmental disorder with a variety of symptoms and characteristics whose focus is on abnormal social relationships and interplay, difficulties with communications of both the verbal and non-verbal kind, a lack of focus in normal play and repetitive pattern behaviors.
When Patti Meerschaert founded the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin in 1976, the term autism was foreign to most people with as few as four or five children in 10,000 diagnosed with the learning disorder.
Thats what he's saying, Parent's are using the term autism to freely, why else is there A BOOM all the sudden!
In the UK, the National Autistic Society criticised Mr Lellouche for using the term autism intemperately.
Asperger's Autism and Nonverbal Learning Disorder The term autism spectrum is still an inexact term.
In fact, it's becoming clear that what we call autism is a cluster of many distinct but related conditions with diverse etiologies.