Definition of autistic spectrum disorder in US English:

autistic spectrum disorder

(also autism spectrum disorder)


  • 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 behavior.

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