CategoryAutism

Autism: Symptoms & Signs Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of neurodevelopmental disorders predominantly characterized by impaired social functioning and communication disturbances. Symptoms can include intense focus on one item, unresponsiveness, lack of understanding social cues (like tone of voice or body language), repetitive movements, or self-abusive behavior like head-banging. The severity of the symptoms...
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Autism-friendly strategies for encouraging physical activity Several issues make physical activity less appealing for many people with autism. These include poor social and motor skills, a preference for screen-based activities, and a lack of exercise partners and autism-friendly opportunities for physical activity in our communities. Here are some practical tips for encouraging regular physical activity:...
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Why autistic children and teenagers behave in challenging ways Challenging behaviour in autistic children and teenagers It’s common for autistic children to behave in challenging ways or ways that are difficult to manage. For example, autistic children and teenagers might: refuse or ignore requests behave in socially inappropriate ways, like taking their clothes off in...
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Characteristics & Diagnosis of Autism Characteristics & Diagnosis Autism is characterized in the DSM-V by: Persistent differences in communication, interpersonal relationships, and social interaction across different environments What this can look like: Being nonverbal or having atypical speech patterns, having trouble understanding nonverbal communication, difficulty making and keeping friends, difficulty maintaining typical back-and-forth conversational style...
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What is Autism Autistic people may act in a different way to other people Autistic people may: find it hard to communicate and interact with other people find it hard to understand how other people think or feel find things like bright lights or loud noises overwhelming, stressful or uncomfortable get anxious or upset about...
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What is ASD and symptoms Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of neurodevelopmental disorders predominantly characterized by impaired social functioning and communication disturbances. Symptoms can include intense focus on one item, unresponsiveness, lack of understanding social cues (like tone of voice or body language), repetitive movements, or self-abusive behavior like head-banging. The severity of the...
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Toys for Kids with SPD Picture this: you’re midway through a therapy session with a group of five students. Four of the students are focusing and engaging, but the fifth student will not stop fidgeting. He’s distracted, and you know it’s only a matter of time before the other students in your small group become...
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Autism Sensory Issues Sensory issues often accompany Autism. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association added sensory sensitivities to the symptoms that help diagnose autism. Autism’s sensory issues can involve both hyper-sensitivities (over-responsiveness) and hypo-sensitivities (under-responsiveness) to a wide range of stimuli. These can involve: Sights Sounds Smells Tastes Touch Balance Body awareness (proprioception) For example,...
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