Our brains are highly complex machines, and there is a lot that could go wrong. Fortunately, most of us suffer no complications, but not all of us are so fortunate. One complication that affects millions of people globally is autism. It affects the development of young people and also helps to make children and adults very awkward socially.
Although people with autism tend to have a lower than average IQ, it is ironically also associated with a very high IQ. Some research has shown that autism can even be a result of a high IQ. With little known about autism, there is still a great deal more research to be done. At least for now, we can look for the telltale signs that tell us a person is afflicted with autism.
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10- Lack Of Empathy
It often appears as though people with autism don’t care about how other people are feeling. The reality is, though, that they struggle to recognise different emotions in other people. It’s not that they don’t care that you are unhappy, they just don’t know that you are unhappy.
This can cause significant problems socially, particularly in younger people. Some people with autism may learn to better recognise emotions as they get older, but it nearly always remains an obstacle. People with autism will generally struggle in social situations as a result of their inability to connect with other peoples’ emotions. It can cause younger children in particular to become alienated.
9- Sorting Items
Although an inclination to arrange items in order could just mean that a person is neat, it could also be an indicator of autism. People with autism might feel quite uncomfortable with something that doesn’t appear to be in order and feel an urge to correct it. This could mean arranging items in terms of size, colour, shape or any other metric.
It’s not necessarily something that tends to affect people with autism in an obsessive manner, but rather a matter of personal preference. It is something that can be quite noticeable in young children as they play with their toys. If speaking with a specialist, let them know and it could help them come to an accurate diagnosis.
8- Sensitivity To Noise
The brain of an autistic person is not quite tuned into the world around them as with other people. Whereas for us, the sounds around are processed by our brains into meaningful information, it can be a very different matter for somebody with autism. If somebody is uncomfortable around noises, you might want to consider speaking with a specialist to find out why.
Usually, loud noises will make people with autism very uncomfortable indeed, occasionally leading to panic. Sometimes, though, the opposite is true and somebody with autism may not recognise sounds at all. They’re not deaf, but they will often block out sounds mentally so that they just don’t register.
People are natural creatures of habit. We tend to wake at the same time, eat certain foods, watch certain TV programmes at a particular time, and so on. Having a set routine makes us feel comfortable, but for autistic people it is essential.
While we may find ourselves unsure of what to do should we break the routine, it can be extremely unnerving for somebody with autism. This also means that trying new things can be very difficult, and even trying a new restaurant or travelling to a nearby town is not an option. It can be quite inhibitive, restricting opportunist and experiences for the sufferer.
Many people with autism will have seemingly boundless energy and always need to be doing something. They will often find it difficult to sit still even for short periods and will constantly be fidgeting. They will often jump at any opportunity with an enthusiasm that doesn’t fit with the task.
Not all people with autism are hyperactive, so them being calm doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t have autism. If they do have other symptoms then it could still be worth visiting a specialist to get a diagnosis. Also, some people are just more active than others without necessarily making them autistic. Again, though, the advice of a specialist could help you to get a useful diagnosis.
An autistic person will often appear to be aloof. Children with autism are often quite happy playing alone, whereas other children will generally insist on being able to play with the others. This continues into adulthood, and adults with autism will generally be loners. People with autism will tend to struggle to form relationships with other people, other than with close family members.
Not only are people with autism generally quite happy to be alone, but social situations can be very uncomfortable for them. While they should be encouraged to interact with others, they should not be made to do so.
4- No Safety Awareness
Although very young children will not be aware of potential dangers around them, we do start to learn what is dangerous from a young age. We learn to be careful on roads, we learn to be careful with fire, and we begin to notice when situations around us are potentially hazardous. An autistic person, however, is less likely to recognise potential danger and, therefore, not act accordingly.
When coupled with the fact that people on the autistic scale tend to be drawn to water, the dangers are obviously compounded. Around autistic people, it can be extremely important to supervise them closely, especially in situations where hazards might be present.
3- Repetitive Behaviour
Among the biggest indicators that somebody may be autistic is repetitive behaviour. They might repeat the same physical actions numerous times and will often repeat specific words or sentences over and over. It is something that can affect adults just as much as it can affect children.
Such repetitive behaviour can make autism suffers very predictable, and also make it very difficult for them to fit in socially. It can make the person stand out and draw attention to themselves, which is often the last thing that they want. If somebody is displaying such behaviour, then you should book an appointment with a specialist.
2- Short Attention Span
Autistic people tend not to be able to focus on tasks for long. Instead, they will easily become distracted and become occupied by something else instead. This obviously has a negative effect on their learning, and it is something that can lead to young people with autism being disruptive in classrooms.
Despite this, however, autistic people can sometimes do the complete opposite if something grabs their interest. They will often study something obsessively, paying it whatever attention they are able to. This can be a positive thing as it can help them to become very knowledgeable in one area, albeit it at the expense of gaining knowledge of other important subjects.
Pica is the word that is used to label the act of eating substances that are not food. This can include mud, crayons, clay or pretty much anything else. It is a fairly common phenomenon in pregnant women and is thought to be a craving for certain minerals they may be lacking. It is also common in people with autism, although it is not clear why.
Eating substances that should not be eaten is potentially very hazardous, for obvious reasons. It requires an extra vigilance to ensure the sufferer doesn’t have access to potentially harmful substances that they might choose to eat. Treatment is difficult, but expert advice should be sought regardless.