These can include a different approach to socialising such as conversations that seem one sided and less need to interact socially than those without autism. These differences are often misunderstood by others.
A different way of using non-verbal communication when communicating. For example, significantly less eye contact, less descriptive facial expressions and difficulty understanding the intention of others.
Challenges developing, maintaining and understanding relationships.
Restricted, repetitive behaviour, activities or interests
A tendency to use repetitive motor movements, use of objects or speech. For example, repeating idiosyncratic phrases, lining up toys, repeating what others say.
Insistence on sameness and an inflexible adherence to routines. For example, distress at small changes, difficulty with transitions, rigid thinking patterns or eating the same food every day.
Hightly restricted or fixated interests which are extreem in their intensity or focus e.g. a strong attachment or preoccupation with objects.
Sensory sensitivity to sounds or textures, excessive smelling or a visual fascination with lights or movement.
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