AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD)

Definition

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) now includes what was formerly known as Asperger’s Disorder. Students with ASD have relatively normal language skills as well as average to above average intelligence. ASD directly impacts social skills and social interaction. Because students with ASD have difficulty expressing frustration or anxiety, this can result in behaviors that would typically be perceived as inappropriate. These behaviors are due to neurological differences. Students with ASD also have difficulty adapting to changes in routine and often are inflexible with their thinking.

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