The behavioral patterns and challenges typically associated with autism are usually the result of differences in thinking and processing information.
It requires an in-depth understanding of the impacts of these different thinking styles in order to develop approaches and strategies which allow people with autism to better understand and contribute to the world around them.
The Autism Spectrum indicates the range of ways the condition can present in an individual which can vary greatly from person to person and also throughout their life.
While the conditions can be subtle in some people, in others it can be much more complex requiring special needs and intensive support.
What is Asperger’s Syndrome?
This is a question I often face.
Asperger’s Syndrome is recognized as one of the conditions associated with autism spectrum. Diagnosis in this case usually identify the presence of qualitative impairments in social interaction and restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior.
People with Asperger’s Syndrome may also show sensitivity to change, sticking to routines and unusual attachment to objects. The social communication impairment associated with autism are not so highlighted for Asperger’s Syndrome. However, these can be noted in some individuals in their social interaction.
Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD is usually associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor conditions and other physical aspects such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances.
Some people with ASD show a tendency of excelling in visual skills, math, music, and art.
It appears from studies so far that autism has its roots in early brain development. However, the most obvious signs and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age.
‘Different Not Less’ continues to support research on effective methods for early diagnosis. Early diagnosis and intervention with proven behavioral therapies can improve outcomes. A key aspect of this work is autism awareness and one in which our families, employees, and volunteers play an invaluable role.
We hope this first blog gave you some new insights. Stay tuned for our new blog post on detecting autism early.
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