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What is autism?

Autism is A very complex condition, that can affect other people in different ways, autism is often misunderstood, and most people don't know what it means, and most professors who are trained psychiatrists struggle to understand the full spectrum of ASD disorder'.

According to the NHS, Signs of autism in young children include:

  • not responding to their name

  • avoiding eye contact

  • not smiling when you smile at them

  • getting very upset if they do not like a certain taste, smell or sound

  • repetitive movements, such as flapping their hands, flicking their fingers or rocking their body

  • not talking as much as other children

  • repeating the same phrases

This could be different in all children, some children may be more sensitive to noises or smells. some children can talk so these symptoms may differ depending on the child.

Autism in older children

Signs of autism in older children include:

  • not seeming to understand what others are thinking or feeling

  • finding it hard to say how they feel

  • liking a strict daily routine and getting very upset if it changes

  • having a very keen interest in certain subjects or activities

  • getting very upset if you ask them to do something

  • finding it hard to make friends or prefer to be on their own

  • taking things very literally – for example, they may not understand phrases like "break a leg"

Depending on the child/adult with autism, people struggle in various ways, and this has confused many people throughout the centuries, new research has shown us that men and women are affected differently, and women can mask their autism symptoms a lot more than men/boys on the spectrum.

they say people with ASD struggle to understand other people's emotions, but I disagree you have to understand how the person with autism process language and emotions, but people with autism can have a great deal of empathy towards others, and this is quite often the miss conception of autism, people think that our brains are all developed the same, almost like robots and quite often that is something that we are referred to, but like the average atypical individual all of us are wired differently this is why some of us have our own special interest, that sometimes we understand and develop faster in that topic area faster than the average person, hence classed as gifted.

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Written by Olivia Slatter

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