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ˈɔ tɪz əmautism

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  1. autismnoun

    (psychiatry) an abnormal absorption with the self; marked by communication disorders and short attention span and inability to treat others as people


  1. autismnoun

    (Med.) a mental disorder characterized by inability to engage in normal social interactions and intense self-absorption, and usually accompanied by other symptoms such as language dysfunctions and repetitive behavior. autism usually manifests itself at an early age

  2. autismnoun

    behavior showing an abnormal level of absorption with one's own thoughts and disregard for external realities.


  1. autismnoun

    Bio-neurological disorder that is observable in early childhood with symptoms of abnormal self-absorption, characterised by lack of response to other humans and by limited ability or disinclination to communicate and socialize.

  2. Etymology: Coined in 1912 by Swiss psychiatrist Paul Bleuler (1857-1939) from autismus, from αὐτός.


  1. Autism

    The autism spectrum, often referred to as just autism or in the context of a professional diagnosis autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or autism spectrum condition (ASC), is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and the presence of repetitive behavior and restricted interests. Other common features include unusual responses to sensory stimuli, and an insistence on sameness or strict adherence to routine. Autism is generally understood to be a spectrum disorder i.e. it can manifest differently in each person: any autistic individual is likely to show some, but not all, of the characteristics associated with it, and the person may exhibit them to varying degrees and frequencies. A large variation in the support autistic people need exists, and some are nonspeaking, while others have proficient spoken language. While psychiatry has traditionally classified autism as a neurodevelopmental disorder, the autism rights movement and some researchers see autism as part of neurodiversity, the natural diversity in human thinking and experience, with strengths, differences, and weaknesses. According to this view, autism is not pathological, but autistic people may still be disabled or have high support needs. This view of the condition has led to controversy between both those who are autistic and others such as advocates, practitioners, and charities.There are many theories surrounding what causes autism; it is highly heritable and believed to be mainly genetic, but there are many genes involved, and environmental factors may also be relevant. The syndrome frequently co-occurs with other conditions, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, epilepsy, intellectual disability. Disagreements continue, such as what should be included as part of the diagnosis, whether meaningful sub-types of autism exist, and the significance of autism-associated traits in the wider population. The combination of broader criteria and increased awareness has led to a trend of steadily increasing estimates of autism prevalence, causing a misconception that there is an autism epidemic and perpetuating the myth it is caused by vaccines.There is no cure for autism. There are some forms of therapy that can help autistic people gain skills, and there are a multitude of services and supports that can help autistic people. One example is alternative and augmentative communication, which autistic people can use to communicate.


  1. autism

    Autism, also referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a developmental disorder characterized by difficulties in social interaction, communication, and restricted or repetitive patterns of behavior or interests. These symptoms often appear in early childhood and can significantly affect daily functioning and quality of life. The severity and manifestation of symptoms can greatly vary from person to person. The cause of autism is not entirely clear, but it likely involves a combination of genetic and environmental factors.


  1. Autism

    Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication, and by restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behavior. The diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent before a child is three years old. Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood. It is one of three recognized disorders in the autism spectrum, the other two being Asperger syndrome, which lacks delays in cognitive development and language, and pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified, which is diagnosed when the full set of criteria for autism or Asperger syndrome are not met. Autism has a strong genetic basis, although the genetics of autism are complex and it is unclear whether ASD is explained more by rare mutations, or by rare combinations of common genetic variants. In rare cases, autism is strongly associated with agents that cause birth defects. Controversies surround other proposed environmental causes, such as heavy metals, pesticides or childhood vaccines; the vaccine hypotheses are biologically implausible and lack convincing scientific evidence. The prevalence of autism is about 1–2 per 1,000 people worldwide, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 20 per 1,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with ASD as of 2012. The number of people diagnosed with autism has been increasing dramatically since the 1980s, partly due to changes in diagnostic practice and government-subsidized financial incentives for named diagnoses; the question of whether actual prevalence has increased is unresolved.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of autism in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of autism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of autism in a Sentence

  1. Scott Schuelke:

    People with autism are drawn to water.

  2. Alycia Halladay:

    The scientific community has been unequivocal of their support for universal screening for toddlers for autism, regardless of risk status.

  3. Ryan Hammond:

    While this past year and a half has presented us all with many unique challenges, the one remaining constant has been the unwavering dedication to our mission by everyone who has embarked on this journey with us, every dollar raised by the Eagles Autism Foundation is invested back into cutting-edge autism research and care at the top medical institutions in North America.

  4. Lisa Carling:

    We don’t feel that way because if you look at a family, it’s not going to be [an entire theater] of people on the autism spectrum sitting together, it’s going to be about 25 to 30 percent, they’re coming with their parents, siblings, caregivers— they are all buffers.

  5. Rich Emery:

    Autism is part of my son, and my son is a part of me, so no matter how much I deny, run, or hide, Autism is a part of me.

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