chapter  4
Autism and other developm ental disorders
ByMeera Roy
Pages 18

Introduction Autism belongs to a group of conditions know n as pervasive developmental disorders, which are characterised by qualitative abnormalities in reciprocal social interac­ tions and patterns of com m unication, and by a restricted stereotyped repetitive repertoire of interests and activities (ICD-10) (World Health Organization 1992). These qualitative abnormalities are a pervasive feature of the individual's functioning in all situations.