Infantile autism is a pervasively handicapping developmental disorder that begins in the child’s earliest months and often lasts a lifetime. According to the criteria of the American Psychiatric Association (1980), the essential diagnostic features for this disorder include onset before 30 months of age; a pervasive lack of response to others; gross deficits in language, with peculiar speech patterns in those youngsters who do speak; and bizarre responses to the environment, including resistance to change. These children do not exhibit the signs of thought disorder found in schizophrenia.
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