Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), has many subtypes. This is most influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Since this is a spectrum disorder, each individual with autism has different sets of strength and challenges they face each day.
Autism is often accompanied by sensory sensitivities and a few medical issues such as seizures or sleep disorders. This can also be followed by depression and attention issues. Autism can be diagnosed as early as 18 months, but most signs have been known to appear by age 2 or 3. Early intervention can lead to positive outcomes later in life.
Many of the common symptoms of autism include:
These things may seem ordinary to most people. Holding eye contact while having a conversation, hugging your friends or family, ignoring the tag that is on the collar of your shirt, or understanding when someone is telling a joke or being sarcastic. Those are just many of the challenges ASD holds for individuals on the spectrum.
Many people in the world view autism negatively. Yes, there are some downsides that someone on the spectrum faces. But there are also many positives.
If you have had the benefit of being a part of an Autistic person’s life, you have seen just how amazing their brain works and just how great they can be.
They tend to feel passionate about any topic that interests them. If you bring it up they will be able to talk to you for hours regarding what it is and whythey love it.
You will never have to ask them what they think. They are straightforward and direct, always making sure to say exactly what is on their mind.
They see the world differently and when they tell you about how they see it, it opens your eyes so you can view it just as they do. This leads them to being creative thinkers, processing the information in unique and different ways.
Finer details will no longer go amiss. They will be able to tell you things you would have never have thought to notice. Like how many letters are in certain words. Something we may have only looked at momentarily, not taking the time to notice it and register it, stays with them forever.
Routines are a huge part in their lives. Something that most individuals struggle with daily, they happily maintain it.
Since they do not follow social ques, they don’t feel pressure to fit in. Nor do they feel the need to bully or judge people. They will always be themselves, regardless of the time, age, or place.
Autism is not a disease that some people view it as. They don’t want anyone to try to cure them. They just want people to understand them. Take today, Autism Awareness Day, to learn how to understand.