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Autism: Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by difficulties with social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. Parents often notice signs during the first three years of their child's life.
Autism spectrum: The autism spectrum encompasses a range of neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism and Asperger syndrome, generally known as autism spectrum disorders . Individuals on the autistic spectrum experience difficulties with social communication and interaction and also exhibit restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities.
Autism rights movement: The autism rights movement, also known as the autistic culture movement or the neurodiversity movement, is a social movement within the context of disability rights that emphasizes a neurodiversity paradigm, viewing the autism spectrum as a result of natural variations in the human brain rather than a "disease" to be cured. The movement advocates for several goals, including greater acceptance of autistic behaviors; services that focus on improving quality of life rather than on imitating the behaviors of neurotypical peers; and the recognition of the autistic community as a minority group.Autistic rights or neurodiversity advocates believe that the autism spectrum should be accepted as a natural expression of the human genome, and accommodated like any other condition .
Autism therapies: Autism therapies are interventions that attempt to lessen the deficits and problem behaviours associated with autism spectrum disorder in order to increase the quality of life and functional independence of individuals with autism. Treatment is typically catered to the person's needs.