Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental disability that affects a person's social and communication skills, self-regulatory behaviors, and relationships. It is a spectrum disorder, meaning that the characteristics and intensity of symptoms can vary from person to person. Early diagnosis and intervention are key to helping children with autism reach their full potential. Parents and caregivers should be aware of the five main characteristics of autism in order to recognize the signs in their children.
These include social communication challenges, repetitive or restrictive behaviors, sensory or emotional signs, difficulty with transitions, and difficulty with social interactions. Social communication challenges are one of the most common characteristics of autism. These can include difficulty understanding nonverbal cues such as facial expressions or body language, difficulty initiating conversations, and difficulty understanding jokes or sarcasm. Repetitive or restrictive behaviors are also common in people with autism.
These can include repetitive movements such as hand flapping or rocking, insistence on sameness or routines, and an intense focus on certain topics or objects. Sensory or emotional signs of autism can include hypersensitivity to certain sounds or textures, difficulty regulating emotions, and difficulty understanding other people's emotions. Difficulty with transitions is another common characteristic of autism. This can include difficulty transitioning from one activity to another or difficulty adapting to changes in routine.
Finally, difficulty with social interactions is a common characteristic of autism. This can include difficulty making friends, difficulty understanding social cues, and difficulty engaging in reciprocal conversations. If you suspect that your child may have autism, it is important to seek help from a qualified professional as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and intervention can help children with autism reach their full potential. Lighthouse Autism Center is a leading provider of services for children with autism in Michigan and Indiana.
Our highly trained staff and state-of-the-art facilities provide the best possible care for children with autism.