Cluttering and autism spectrum disorders: Kathleen Scaler Scott
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of disorders often diagnosed in childhood and characterized by impairments in communication, social interaction, and focused interests. The diagnoses of Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Speciﬁed, and Asperger’s Disorder comprise the subgroups within the broader category of ASDs. Speciﬁc criteria distinguish these diagnoses from one another, and intelligence ranges from below to above average (American Psychiatric Association, 2000; Newschaﬀer et al., 2006). There is no deﬁnitive research regarding the etiological factors associated with ASDs.