What is Autism

Autism is a neuro-developmental difference. It is a spectrum condition, which means that characteristics of autism vary from mild to to severe. Keep in mind that autism does NOT mean persons with autism are not intelligent. It does NOT mean they are incapable of making connections with others. It does NOT mean that they cannot lead happy and productive lives!

Symptoms of Autism

The primary symptoms of autism are:

1: Difficulty with social communication and interaction: Some people with autism are nonverbal. Some are highly verbal but may have difficulty maintaining the back and fourth of a conversation. Some people do not appear very interested in their peers. Some are interested but have difficulty making or sustaining friendships for a variety of reasons

2: Repetitive behaviour, routines and activities : Some people with autism engage in repetitive body movements such as hand flapping . Some people have a strong preference for specific routines and/or fixed schedules. Some have a very focused interest in a particular topic or topics. Some people have difficulty coping with unexpected events, or managing their emotions when things to not go as they expect or would like. Many people with autism also process sensory information in unusual ways. They may avoid certain sounds, sights, textures, smells, or tastes. They may look at things through the corner of their eye or be fascinated with revolving objects such as wheels or fans. They may seek out certain smells or taste objects not generally considered edible.