Autism File 1

 

                    What is Autism?

Autism is a spectrum of

pervasive and complex disorders of

brain development.


Autism is different for each

individual.


Characteristics are severe deficits in

social interactions

and communication


a person with autism may

  • have trouble talking or listening

  • have difficulty making friends and interacting

  • find it hard to make eye contact or tolerate touches


they may have

repetitive behaviors or thoughts

sensory processing difficulties

intellectual and/or emotional delays


these issues commonly result in

anxiety and actions

that could be mistaken as “acting our” or misbehaving


there is a difference between

a tantrum and a meltdown!


With a tantrum the child seeks to control others

a meltdown occurs when a child cannot control their own

thoughts or feelings resulting in

outbursts” or “shut-down”.


A person with autism may

  • flap their arms or rock

  • move or yell at inappropriate times

  • cover their ears or hide in a tight spot

  •          or they may appear “normal”.


How can we help?

  • Be happy when they are happy

  • be patient and understanding when they are overwhelmed

  • support and encourage parents/ caregivers

  • be careful not to judge parenting, instead offer help

 

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