n South African Journal of Psychiatry - Autism Safari




Extracted from text ... The definition of autism is based on the diagnostic criteria provided in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - Fourth Edition (DSM - IV.) Autism is included under DSM-IV's pervasive developmental disorders. This is a category of disorders in which many basic areas of infant and child psychological development are affected at the same time, and to a severe degree. Autistic disorder has three major hallmarks: qualitative impairment in social interaction, qualitative impairment in communication, and restricted, repetitive and stereotypical patterns of behaviour, interests, and activities. Onset in delays is very early, prior to three ..


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