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48 / 72 A lack of, or delay in, spoken language and failure to compensate through gesture; Relative failure to initiate or sustain a conversation with others; Stereotyped, idiosyncratic, or repetitive speech; or A lack of varied, spontaneous make believe play or social imitative play. Restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior, as manifested by: Encompassing preoccupation or circumscribed and restricted patterns of interest; Apparently compulsive adherence to specific, nonfunctional routines and rituals; Stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms; or Persistent preoccupation with parts and sensory qualities of objects. All students with an educational classification of autism have impairments that: Are inconsistent with the student’s overall developmental and functional level; and Result in an educationally significant impairment in important areas of functioning; and Are a part of a clear pattern of behavior that is consistently manifested across a variety of people, tasks and settings, and that persists across a significant period of time; and Are not primarily accounted for by an emotional disorder.

4.3.2 An educational classification of autism is established: Using specialized, validated assessment tools that provide specific evidence of the features of ASD described above; By individuals who have specific training in the assessment of students with ASD in general, and in the use of the assessment procedures referred to in; and4.3 Eligibility Criteria for Autism: The educational classification of autism encompasses the clinical condition of Autistic Disorder, as well as other typically less severe Pervasive Developmental Disorders, (i.e., Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified). These conditions share important

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