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What is Autistic Disorder?

Autistic Disorder is characterized by impairments in three domain areas:

  1. Social interaction;
  2. Communication;
  3. restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities.

Diagnostic Criteria

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV-TR) indicates the individual must meet the following criteria in order to receive the diagnosis of Autistic Disorder:

  1. Behavioral Criteria
  2. Time Parameter - Manifestations must be before the age of 3
  3. Exclusion criteria - The behavioral disturbance is not accounted for by another disorder/syndrome.

Clinical Features

The following are some of the behavioral manifestations that are present with individuals with Autistic Disorder:

Social Features:
Repetitive, stereotyped, restricted behaviors:
Cognitive Development:
Motor behavioral Abnormalities:
Altered Sensitivity to Sensory Input:
Abnormalities of Mood:
Abnormalities in Eating, Drinking and Sleeping Patterns
Self-injurious Behaviors


Although a single specific cause is not known yet, current research links autism to biological or neurological differences in the brain.

Intervention: Treatment and Management

The experience on interventions show that individuals with Autistic Disorder respond well to a highly structured, specialized educational program, tailored to individual needs. These individuals tend to do best in an organized environment where rules and expectations are clear and consistent.

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