Many children might have impaired development because of mild symptoms of autism without having the disorder itself, according to a British study of 8,000 children. "What this does suggest is that drawing a dividing line between those with autism and the rest of the population involves taking an arbitrary decision," researcher David Skuse said. "... Children who do not have autism but who nevertheless have somewhat elevated levels of autistic traits ... are at slightly greater risk of developing behavioural and emotional problems."

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