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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder ? 

Restricted or Repetitive Behaviors or Interests 

People with ASD have behaviors or interests that can seem unusual. These behaviors or interests set ASD apart from conditions defined by problems with social communication and interaction only.
Examples of restricted or repetitive behaviors and interests related to ASD can include 

⦁ Lines up toys or other objects and gets upset when order is changed
⦁ Repeats words or phrases over and over (called echolalia)
⦁ Plays with toys the same way every time
⦁ Is focused on parts of objects (for example, wheels)
⦁ Gets upset by minor changes
⦁ Has obsessive interests
⦁ Must follow certain routines
⦁ Flaps hands, rocks body, or spins self in circles
⦁ Has unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel 

Other Characteristics
Most people with ASD have other related characteristics. These might include 

⦁ Delayed language skills
⦁ Delayed movement skills
⦁ Delayed cognitive or learning skills
⦁ Hyperactive, impulsive, and/or inattentive behavior
⦁ Epilepsy or seizure disorder
⦁ Unusual eating and sleeping habits
⦁ Gastrointestinal issues (for example, constipation)
⦁ Unusual mood or emotional reactions
⦁ Anxiety, stress, or excessive worry
⦁ Lack of fear or more fear than expected