What Are the Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder?


Did you know that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the most common developmental disorder?

If your child has difficulty being social, uses language differently, or has other challenges thanks to ASD, they can get the help they need.

ASD may be difficult to diagnose as it imitates other health issues. But many are caught early. Children showing signs of ASD exhibit the characteristics of autism spectrum disorder. Let’s have a look at them.

Difficulty With Expressive Communication

People with ASD have difficulty with expressive communication. This may include difficulties with:

  • spoken language
  • body language
  • eye contact

People with ASD may also have trouble understanding the feelings and emotions of others.

Poor Development of Social Skills

People with ASD often have difficulty understanding and responding to the social cues that others take for granted, such as body language, eye contact, and tone of voice. They may also have trouble with back-and-forth conversations, sharing interests, or making friends.

Showing Restrictive and Repetitive Actions

There are three main characteristics of autism spectrum disorder showing restrictive and repetitive actions. These are repetitive movements, fixated interests, and sensory processing issues.

People with autism often have repetitive movements, such as hand flapping or spinning. They may also have fixated interests, such as lining up toy cars or playing with the same toy over and over. Sensory processing issues can make it difficult for people with autism to tolerate certain textures, sounds, or lights.

Poor Reaction With the Five Senses

People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may have difficulty processing information from their five senses. This can make it hard for them to respond to light, sound, taste, touch, and smell properly. They may also have trouble regulating their emotions and behavior.

If you suspect these characteristics in your child, you might want to enroll in ABA therapy services.

Abilities Vary a Lot

There is a lot of variation in abilities in people with an autism spectrum disorder. Some people with ASD are highly intelligent and have above-average abilities, while others have below-average abilities.

Some people with ASD are good at communication and social skills, while others have significant difficulties in these areas. The abilities of people with ASD can vary a lot from one individual to another.

Be Aware of the Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder

If you are ever suspicious that someone may have ASD, be sure to look for the characteristics of autism spectrum disorder: social awkwardness, lack of eye contact, repetitive behaviors, and more. And if you know someone who you think may have ASD, the best thing you can do is be there for them and support them in any way you can. 

ASD can range from mild to severe, and symptoms can vary greatly from one person to another. Some people with ASD need little or no support, while others may require significant levels of assistance and guidance throughout their lives. It is important to remember that people with ASD can be high-functioning and very successful, as well as happy and content in their lives.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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