A. Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction.
B. Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities.
C. Must be present in the early developmental.
D. Causes impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
E. These disturbances are not better explained by intellectual disability.
People with ASD tend to have communication deficits, such as responding inappropriately in conversations, misreading nonverbal interactions, or having difficulty building friendships appropriate to their age. In addition, people with ASD may be overly dependent on routines, highly sensitive to changes in their environment, or intensely focused on inappropriate items. Again, the symptoms of people with ASD will fall on a continuum, with some individuals showing mild symptoms and others having much more severe symptoms. This spectrum accounts for the variations in symptoms and behaviors from person to person.
For more details, see the DSM V Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
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