AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

The CDC estimates that about 1 in every 59 children have been identified as having autism spectrum disorder

COMMON SYMPTOMS

MAKING LITTLE OR INCONSISTENT EYE CONTACT

TENDING NOT TO LOOK AT OR LISTEN TO PEOPLE

RARELY SHARING ENJOYMENT BY SHARING THINGS TO OTHERS

FAILING TO, OR BEING SLOW TO RESPOND TO SOMEONE TRYING TO GET THEIR ATTENTION

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treatment at care

INCREASE AND BUILD ON STRENGTHS

LEARNING COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL SKILLS

HELP DEVELOP COPING SKILLS

COMMON SYMPTOMS

COMMON SYMPTOMS OF PEOPLE WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

  • HAVING DIFFICULTIES WITH THE BACK AND FORTH OF CONVERSATION
  • OFTEN SPEAKING A LONG TIME ABOUT THEIR FAVORITE SUBJECT WITHOUT NOTICING THAT OTHERS ARE NOT INTERESTED OR WITHOUT GIVING OTHERS A CHANCE TO RESPOND
  • MAKING FACIAL EXPRESSIONS, MOVEMENTS, AND GESTURES THAT DO NOT MATCH WHAT IS BEING SAID
  • HAVING AN UNUSUAL TONE OF VOICE THAT MAY SOUND SING-SONG, FLAT, OR ROBOT-LIKE
  • HAVING DIFFICULTY UNDERSTANDING ANOTHER PERSON’S POINT OF VIEW
RESTRICTIVE OR REPETITIVE BEHAVIORS
  • REPEATING CERTAIN BEHAVIORS OR HAVING UNUSUAL BEHAVIORS
  • HAVING A LASTING INTENSE INTEREST IN CERTAIN TOPICS
  • HAVING OVERLY FOCUSED INTERESTS SUCH AS WITH MOVING OBJECTS OR PARTS OF AN OBJECT
  • GETTING SLIGHTLY UPSET BY SLIGHT CHANGES IN ROUTINE
  • BEING MORE OR LESS SENSITIVE THAN POTHER PEOPLE TO SENSORY INPUT SUCH AS LIGHT, NOISE, AND TEMPERATURE
OTHER SYMPTOMS
  • SLEEP DIFFICULTIES
  • IRRITABILITY

Strengths of people with Austim

  • BEING ABLE TO LEARN THINGS IN DETAIL AND REMEMBER INFORMATION FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME
  • BEING STRONG VISUAL AND AUDITORY LEARNERS
  • EXCELLING IN MATH, SCIENCE, MUSIC, OR ART
  • PEOPLE WITH ASD ARE ABLE TO HAVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS, DO WELL IN SCHOOL, ENJOY HOBBIES, BUILD CAREERS, LIVE INDEPENDENTLY, AND ENJOY LIFE.
  • PEOPLE WITH ASD MAY ALSO EXPERIENCE OTHER MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS SUCH AS DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY