Definition of autistic spectrum disorder in English:

autistic spectrum disorder

(also autism spectrum disorder)

noun

  • [mass noun] A developmental disorder of variable severity that is characterized by difficulties in social interaction and communication and by restricted or repetitive patterns of thought and behaviour:

    ‘pupils with autistic spectrum disorder’
    [count noun] ‘Joshua, aged six, has an autistic spectrum disorder’
    • ‘At two years of age, her son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.’
    • ‘My son was diagnosed as having an autistic spectrum disorder at the age of 3 years and 3 months.’
    • ‘He said: "We are mounting a city-wide exercise to raise the awareness of autistic spectrum disorders."’
    • ‘Worldwide, one child in 160 has an autism spectrum disorder, according to the WHO.’
    • ‘The meeting includes a discussion on positive aspects of an autistic spectrum disorder.’
    • ‘Autistic spectrum disorders are estimated to affect more than 500,000 families in the UK.’
    • ‘The Hayes is the first independent hospital in the UK for adults with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).’
    • ‘A second written questionnaire was sent to 100 professionals involved in the provision of diagnostic services for people with autistic spectrum disorders.’
    • ‘Over 1,000 parents with children afflicted by autism spectrum disorder were surveyed for the study.’
    • ‘Approximately 400,000 people in the United States have autistic spectrum disorders.’
    • ‘The research team is now exploring the possibility of using eye contact sensor glasses to treat children with autistic spectrum disorder.’
    • ‘However, a 1997 British report suggested the prevalence of autistic spectrum disorders was closer to 1% of the population.’
    • ‘The main goal is to maximize communication with kids with an autistic spectrum disorder.’
    • ‘He had a clear knowledge and expertise in the management of people with autistic spectrum disorder.’
    • ‘Diagnosed rates of autism spectrum disorders have grown tremendously over the last few decades.’
    • ‘The work preparation programme is designed for people with autistic spectrum disorders who are looking for paid employment in London.’