What is Autism?

Autism is a developmental disorder that affects all aspects of a child/adult life.  The term Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is used to describe the condition.

It is important to note that no two adults/children will present with the same characteristics and this is why a spectrum of disorders is used to describe the condition.

Listed below are some of the features that may be present in children/adults with Autism, they can range from mild to severe:

  • Difficulty in understanding & sharing feelings 
  • Difficulty in understanding social rules/interaction 
  • Poor eye contact 
  • Difficulty making friends 
  • Delay in language development 
  • Lack of social conversation 
  • Echolalia – repeating words & phrases 
  • Communicates more with gestures than words 
  • Resists change in routine/environment  
  • Lack of imaginative play 
  • Fears and phobias be present 
  • Some children may have problems with toileting, sleeping patterns and eating. Not all of the traits will be present in every child/adult and may have varied depending on the severity of the condition and on the persons affected.  

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