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Autistic spectrum

The autistic spectrum (sometimes referred to as the autism spectrum) is a developmental and behavioral syndrome that results from certain combinations of characteristically autistic traits.

Although these traits may be normally distributed in the population, some individuals inherit or otherwise manifest more autistic traits.

At the severe end of the spectrum is low-functioning autism which has profound impairments in many areas, to Asperger's syndrome and high-functioning autism, to "normal" behaviour and perhaps hypersocialization on the high end of the spectrum.

Note:   The above text is excerpted from the Wikipedia article "Autistic spectrum", which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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