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 autism...you 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:
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.
Utah P.L.A.Y. Project Home Consultant
Early Childhood Autism Intervention