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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by deficits in social communication and interactions as well as restricted, repetitive behaviors. A child may show symptoms of ASD within the first three years of life, though symptoms could go unrecognized. It is common for a child diagnosed with ASD to have other conditions such as ADHD, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, gastrointestinal issues, epilepsy or other similar issues.

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