Understanding Autism Spectrum Behavior

Understanding Autism Spectrum Behavior

What does it mean to understand Autism Spectrum Disorder and how can I better understand individuals with Autism? This is a question many people ask themselves, especially when someone they know is affected by Autism. The first step is often to understand what Autism is and also what Autism is not. Autism is a neurological condition that affects 3 areas of a person’s ability for language, social skills, and what are called stereotypic, repetitive, and perseverative behaviors. These areas are delays in all people with Autism but manifest themselves in many different ways. 

People with Autism can be verbal, nonverbal, or have limited verbal skills for example. Some can have the skills to communicate socially but may lack the ability to socialize with peers on an ongoing basis. In addition, some can have motor stereotypical behaviors such as arm flapping while others may just perseverate on a topic such as Pokemon. Knowing that Autism is a wide spectrum that includes a variety of individuals is important. 

In addition, it is important to know what Autism is not. It is not a condition that means that children cannot improve their skills. In fact, countless research studies and case studies have soon with intensive interventions many children can make great strides and improvement. It is also important to know that not all individuals with Autism are the same. The Autism spectrum is quite vast and encompasses many individuals with a variety of their own special skills and traits. To see how Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can help, contact us today.