What is Autism?
Defining AutismAutism is a developmental disability typically appearing during the first three years of life, resulting from a neurological disorder. It affects the child's development in both social interaction and communication skills, showing difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, as well as leisure/play activities.
Characteristics of AutismEvery person with autism is an inidividual and has their own individual combination of characteristics. Some may exhibit only slight language delays but have difficulty with social interactions, such as initiating and maintaining a conversation. In addition to lanuage delays, some may engage in aggressive or self-injurious behaviors.
Here is a list of common traits:Insistence on sameness; resistance to changeDifficulty in expressing needs, using gestures or pointing instead of wordsRepeating words or phrases in place of normal, responsive languageLaughing (and/or crying) for no apparent reason showing distress for reasons not apparent to othersPreference to being alone; aloof mannerTantrumsDifficulty in mixing with othersNot wanting to cuddle or be cuddledLittle or no eye contactUnresponsive to normal teaching methodsSustained odd playSpinning objectsObsessive attachment to objectsApparent over-sensitivity or under-sensitivity to painNo real fears of dangerNoticeable physical over-activity or extreme under-activityUneven gross/fine motor skillsNonresponsive to verbal cues; acts as if deaf, although hearing tests in normal range.
View some common behaviors
Visual Stimming - Blinking
Visual Stimming - Scoping
Stereotypic Behaviors - Hand Flapping & Vocal
Vocal Stimming or Scripting
Rituals: Hoarding & Collecting Objects, Social Withdrawal, Vocal Stimming
Rituals: Hoarding & Collecting Objects
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