Definition Of Autism

Definition Of Autism
According to the latest definition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders – fifth edition, for autism spectrum disorder the diagnostic criteria are:
  1. Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts.
  2. Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, or activities.
  3. Symptoms must be present in the early developmental period.
  4. Symptoms cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning.
  5. These disturbances are not better explained by intellectual disability or global developmental delay.