What is Autism?
Autism is a spectrum of
pervasive and complex disorders of
Autism is different for each
Characteristics are severe deficits in
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