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Autism spectrum disorder, especially a more severe form of the disorder characterized by significant impairments in social interaction and communication, highly repetitive behavior, and strong resistance to change.

au′tist n.
au·tis′tic (-tĭk) adj. & n.
au·tis′ti·cal·ly adv.
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in an autistic manner or the manner of a person who has autism
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Nonverbal, autistic blogger Emma Zurcher-Long has written, "Language is an awkward way to communicate"--and I (Barb) argue that while this can be true for everyone, it is highly challenging for those of us who are autistically wired.
United Kingdom: Society for the Autistically Handicapped [homepage on the Internet]; May 1992.
These and other writers look squarely at what scientists are calling the Sixth Great Extinction--comparable to other occasions when the Earth lost the majority of its species--that we are precipitating as we autistically proceed pell-mell with overpopulation and overconsumption.