Early signs


Understanding Autism: Unraveling the Complex Tapestry of Neurodiversity


Autism, aka, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) a neurodevelopmental disorder, is a condition that has intrigued researchers, educators, and families for decades. It is characterized by 3 main differences: social and communication, repetitive and routine-like behaviors and sensory processing difficulties. It is important to note that the term “spectrum” acknowledges the diverse ways autism manifests, with each individual having a unique set of strengths and challenges.

In this article, we’ll explore the essential aspects of autism, seeking to foster a deeper understanding of this intricate and often misunderstood spectrum.



Recognizing early signs of autism is vital for timely intervention. While the signs vary, they can often include:

  • Limited or absent eye contact
  • Difficulties with engaging in reciprocal social interactions
  • Not responding to their name
  • Delayed speech or language
  • Limited use of gestures
  • Difficulty understanding non-verbal communication, such as facial expressions
  • Engaging in repetitive movements, like hand-flapping or rocking
  • Insistence on sameness or rigid routines
  • Sensory stimuli, such as lights, sounds, textures, or tastes can be overwhelming
  • Limited or atypical emotional expression
  • Extreme behavioral challenges stemming from frustration or sensory overload

 Diagnosis typically occurs through a comprehensive assessment by healthcare professionals, such as pediatricians, child psychologists, developmental pediatricians or child psychiatrists.


Strengths of Individuals with autism:

Individuals with autism often possess remarkable strengths, such as heightened attention to detail, pattern recognition, and creativity. Recognizing and harnessing these strengths is essential for providing effective support and fostering a positive self-image.

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