Autism Spectrum Disorders (Medical Psychiatry Series) by Eric Hollander

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For example, are features of one of the dimensions alone necessary or are deficits from all three dimensions required in order to fall within the spectrum? CATEGORIZING AUTISM One potentially fruitful approach to increasing our understanding of autism involves better characterizing specific core symptom domains and associated symptom features of autistic phenomenology. The DSM-IV clearly identifies three core dimensions of autism: 1) social interaction, 2) speech/communication, and 3) compulsive/repetitive behaviors (1).

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