Individuals with autism are unique, talented, receptive, and so much more! I have been working with individuals with autism for over 10 years. There are so many things I have learned over the years and there are so many more I continue to learn. One thing that has been a constant is the increase in the prevalence of autism. With more diagnosed individuals, it is important to increase awareness, acceptance, and education. Every day, we are learning a little more about autism. Here are 5 things to know about individuals with autism:
1. Unique and Individual
Every person with autism is unique and individual. The way autism impacts each individual is different. Not all individuals display challenging behaviors or stereotypical behaviors.
2. Intelligent and Talented
Individuals with autism are intelligent and talented. Often, individuals with autism have specific interests. They usually have a wealth of knowledge about their interests, may become focused, and may put all their efforts into developing skills related to their interests.
3. Sensory and Stimulation
Some individuals with autism may have difficulties processing sensory stimulation. There may be individuals that are sensitive to different sensory components, like loud sounds, crowds, smells, or even textures. And other individuals may have a high tolerance to pain and not know they are hurt.
4. Communicative and Receptive
Individuals with autism may have a hard time communicating, but they do communicate. Sometimes, this communication could be presented in the form of challenging behaviors, other times, it can be limited and to meet their wants and needs, and other times it can be to interact socially with others. Regardless of how an individual communicates, they can still be receptive to what is said and how others act towards them.
5. Able and Capable
Individuals with autism can learn, grow, and achieve. They need a support system around them to help them meet their goals and go beyond.
Remember to praise and support all individuals with autism. There is so much they can accomplish if they have the right support. At Shaping Change, we want to improve skills and highlight strengths. Contact us today to discuss how we can assist you and your family. Don’t wait, give us a call to schedule your free consultation!