Characteristics of Autism

I found this very informative chart about Autism that may help answer some questions.

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Please share this information chart in order to help spread awareness about developmental delays and what Autism can look like.

My son has many of these characteristics:

  • Inappropriate laughing or giggling: YES
  • No real fear of dangers: YES
  • Apparent insensitivity to pain: YES
  • May not want to cuddle: NO he loves to be cuddled…alot.
  • Sustained unusal or repetitive play. Uneven physical or verbal skills : YES YES YES and YES
  • May avoid eye contact: sometimes
  • May prefer to be alone: NO
  • Difficulty expressing his needs. May use gestures: In the past YES
  • Inappropriate attachments to objects: YES
  • Insistance on sameness: YES
  • Echoes words or phrases: YES
  • Inappropriate response or no response to sound: NO
  • Spins objects or self: In the past YES
  • Difficulty interacting with others: Sometimes

My son has Autism but on the Spectrum he is considered “high functioning” and is integrated into a regular classroom. Another child with Autism whose Mother answered the questions above with the same answers could have a child who is “low functioning.” Every person with Autism is unique just as we are all unique.

*Remember April 2 2013 is World Autism Awareness Day*

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