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“Autism” means a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction, generally evident before age 3, which adversely affects a child’s developmental/educational performance. Other characteristics often associated with autism are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotypic movements, resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences. The term does not apply if a child’s developmental/educational performance is adversely affected primarily because the child has an emotional disturbance, as defined in § 6.08.3 of these regulations.

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The Early Childhood Division
912 West 6th Avenue
Pine Bluff, AR, 71601
Telephone:  870-730-2962
Fax:  870-730-2998