Autism is not an illness; it is a developmental disorder that affects one in fifty-nine individuals. The key characteristics of autism include difficulties with communication, language and social interaction, as well as fixations with routine and specific topics. People with autism typically show symptoms as an infant; however, the disorder will stay with them for their lifetime. Early identification is vital to provide the best developmental support for autistic children. However, there are different types of autism in adults, which may be milder and take more time to identify. Understanding autism can be extremely confusing, especially with recent changes in how it is diagnosed and defined. To dispel this confusion, we will take a look at the autism spectrum, the original five forms of autism, and how they are classified today.
Autistic people may struggle with language, especially tone of voice, jokes and sarcasm. They can also find elements of socialization challenging, including feeling empathy and reading social cues. Those with autism may struggle to make friends, and often find social situations overwhelming. Another characteristic of autistic disorder is adapting repetitive and solid routines, and finding it distressing if these routines are unpredictably disrupted. Sensory overload, which can trigger autism meltdowns, is another common feature of autistic disorder. Autistic people may be over-sensitive, or under-sensitive, to certain stimuli, and can struggle with competing environmental factors. Triggering stimuli can include loud noises, crowded spaces, and itchy clothing.
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