Autism spectrum disorder is a blanket term used to define a wide range of neurodevelopmental differences, many of which first start to manifest in the children affected when they are still infants. People with ASD tend to have difficulties with social interactions and interpersonal communication, show rigid and repetitive behaviors, and stay laser-focused on a small range of interests. They also tend to have unusually high or low responses to sensory input, such as sounds, smells, or light. Though much about ASD is still unknown, research suggests that it is at least partly genetically based, and with treatment, many people with ASD can lead relatively normal lives. Join Tom and Jenny on this fascinating journey through the intricacies of this somewhat mysterious set of disorders on a neuroscientific episode 297.

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