The Autism Difference

One of the many great things about our world is that everyone is different.  Everyone has different traits and talents.  Even my friends and family that are twins are different than their siblings.  We may have similarities but we also have our differences.

Autism is no different.  There are so many different types of autism, people are affected differently by autism, and no two people are exactly the same.  They may have similarities, but they also have their differences.

There is a common saying "if you know one child with know one child with autism."

There are obviously similarities in people diagnosed with autism, however their symptoms may display themselves differently. There are 3 common areas that are affected in people with autism.  Those areas include:

  • Social Interaction
  • Communication
  • Repetitive Behaviors

  • I will go into these areas in more depth in future posts, but for now we'll leave it at this.  You can see that these areas are very broad and may be affected differently in each person.  

    I feel like the important thing when working with any child is that you treat them as an individual, you look at them as a person not a diagnosis.  No matter what the diagnosis is, you should look at their strengths and celebrate with them.  Find out which areas they need help in and find the best ways to support them.  Every child is different and has different learning styles.  Individualized intervention is key.

    Joy Mano
    Utah P.L.A.Y. Project Home Consultant
    Early Childhood Autism Intervention