Dr. Ronald Leaf - What is autism?

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Autism is chartered[sp?] disorder the onset of the disorder is before the age of three, doesn't mean you have to be diagnosed before the age of three, but the presence of features  are before three, their are three features one is a deficit[sp?] language communication the large range within that spectrum from children in their mute to children have good language but don't use it appropriately they may in their language they may not have not reciprocity of language they may talk about a specific thing topics and only on those topics their good language they use it in different way.

The second feature is a social deficit that deficit again ranges from children that reject social contact to those children have very good social skills but again their is audity[sp?] to those skills that may be that social the way they play with their younger children only or older children only their relation just may now be reciprocal as long as you just play their way really happy but is they want to play if that other child wants to play in a different way not so happy, the third feature is repetitive behavior for just self stimulation with range from children that have body self stimulation repetitive behavior and they rock back and forth, they may flap their hands may spin themselves in circles and the other end of the spectrum you got children just inflexible they may have a certain obsession certain passions and very restricted kinds of interest those are the three features of autism.