Autism is a brain development disorder that impairs social interaction and communication, and causes restricted and repetitive behavior, all starting before a child is three years old. This set of signs distinguishes autism from milder autism spectrum disorders (ASD) such as Asperger syndrome. more from Wikipedia

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  • Autism is one of the five pervasive developmental disorders (PPD), which are characterized by widespread abnormalities of social interactions and communication.
  • Of the other PPD forms, Asperger syndrome is closest to autism.
  • Autism is distinguished by a pattern of symptoms rather than one single symptom.
  • The main characteristics are impairments in social interaction, impairments in communication, restricted interests and repetitive behavior.