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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Children and Youth: Information for Families
"Thomas likes trains..." Thomas is a 10-year-old boy who has always been really interested in trains. He knows so much about trains that he can go on and on with his vast, encyclopedic knowledge. If you wanted to know the train schedule at the local train station, he could tell you. Schoolwork has never been a concern and he has always done well in school with little effort.   Unfortunately, when it comes to anything involving people, he has a lot more difficulties. He just can't seem to relate to others, and has no friends. He doesn't seem to get social cues. He'll talk endlessly about trains without ...
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Autistic Disorder in Children, Youth and Adults: Information for Families
  This handout is specifically focused on Autistic Disorder (aka Autism, or Pervasive Developmental Disorder), which is one of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).   For more information about 'high functioning' Asperger's Disorder or Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD NOS), please see our separate handout on those topics. Introduction A young boy plays hours on end busily lining up cars in perfect rows. A girl at school flaps her arms wildly whenever she gets excited. Another student constantly rocks back and forth. All of these children and youth have Autistic ...
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