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    Mayo Clinic Minute: What is autism?

female doctor counselor and young child girl pediatric patientAutism spectrum disorder is a serious neurodevelopmental disorder that impairs a child's ability to communicate and interact with others. It also includes restricted repetitive behaviors, interests and activities. These issues cause significant impairment in social, occupational and other areas of functioning.

There is no cure for autism, but early, intensive interventions can make a big difference in the lives of many children and their families.

The Autism Society has named April as National Autism Awareness month. That organization not only wants to build awareness about the autism, but also they want to encourage the acceptance and appreciation of people with the condition.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, psychologist Dr. Andrea Huebner explains what autism is, and how it impacts lives. Vivien Williams reports.

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