About Autism

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by significant challenges in social functioning and communication, as well as a repertoire of repetitive, restricted or stereotyped behaviors. In addition, many children with ASD experience hypo- or hypersensitivity to sensory stimuli and different social contexts. In the SENSE lab, we are particularly interested in better understanding and treating social competence and stress in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

ASD is characterized by a broad range of symptoms and severity. Under the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) of the American Psychiatric Association, previous subcategories, including Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), are now included under the larger category of Autism Spectrum Disorder. For more information on autism, diagnosis, and available resources, visit the following links:



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