Perspectives on the Development of Behavior Characteristic of Autism

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Abstract

Perspectives on the development of behavior characteristics of autism are reviewed. This paper presents an analysis of existing behavioral theories on autism and attempts to integrate various theories from a developmental perspective. Behavior changes from infancy to adulthood are examined and an attempt is made to explain these changes behaviorally. The paper concludes by highlighting the importance of function in describing such behavior changes across a life span.

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