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Diagnosing Autism: How a Diagnosis of Autism is Determined

Autism has a wide variety of symptoms that can range from mild to severe. Autism or Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be misdiagnosed. Classic autism has a core of symptoms that include:

-Impaired ability to engage socially
-Impaired ability to initiate or maintain a conversation
-Inability to play appropriately or use imagination
-Stereotyped, unusual, repetitive use of language or behavior (flapping, spinning)
-Abnormal or intense focus on certain subjects or objects
-Inflexible adherence to certain routines and rituals

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