Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by deficits in language acquisition and social communication. The disorder is referred to as a “spectrum,” as individuals can exhibit a wide range of symptoms. Symptoms appear early in life between 2- 3 years of age. Contrary to popular belief, ASD is not caused by vaccines. Learn more about the disorder from these resources: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder, World Health Organization: Autism Spectrum Disorders, National Institute of Mental Health: Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Autism Science Foundation.
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