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Autism: A communicative/neurological disorder that now affects one in 165 Canadians and one in 150 Americans.

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Autism label extended when it was discovered that autism presents in varying degrees.

Teratogen: Environmental agents that cause deviations in normal development and lead to serious abnormalities or death (Cole & Cole, 1996). Exposure to teratogen/s is especially dangerous to foetus/children during critical stages of their development (Wicks-Nelson, 2000).


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