Overview and Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Adv Neurobiol. 2020;24:3-42. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-30402-7_1.


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder generally manifesting in the first few years of life and tending to persist into adolescence and adulthood. It is characterized by deficits in communication and social interaction and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities. It is a disorder with multifactorial etiology. In this chapter, we will focus on the most important and common epidemiological studies, pathogenesis, screening, and diagnostic tools along with an explication of genetic testing in ASD.

Keywords: Autism spectrum disorder; Diagnostic tools; Epidemiology; Genetic testing; Pathogenesis; Screening tools.

Publication types

  • Introductory Journal Article

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder* / diagnosis
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder* / epidemiology
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder* / genetics
  • Child
  • Humans