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Autism Spectrum Disorder by MedLine Plus
Also Called PDD: Pervasive Developmental Disorder
It is a neurological and developmental disorder that begins early in childhood and lasts throughout a person's life. It affects how a person acts and interacts with others, communicates, and learns. It is called a "spectrum" disorder because people with ASD can have a range of symptoms. They may also have restricted interests and repetitive behaviors, often seem to be in their "own world."
The causes are unknown. Research suggests both genes and environment play important roles. Possible treatments include behavior therapies, skills training, and medication to control symptoms.
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