Autism Spectrum Disorder: Uncovering a Hidden Internal World – Psychology Today

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting 1 in 40 children in the United States, is most often characterized by deficits in social communication and a restricted range of behavior and interests—both observable characteristics. Yet, recent advances in research have expanded our understanding by shedding light on the hidden biological mechanisms underlying the symptoms we observe. In fact, to learn more about autism’s more visible aspects—and ultimately better support those affected—many scientists are turning to forces at work beneath the surface.

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