Autism is a neurological difference in the way a person’s brain develops. An autistic person may communicate, interact and understand other people, and the world, differently to a non-autistic (allistic) person. It can be described as a “spectrum” which means it impacts different people in different ways.
Understanding autism can be a complex and challenging task, especially for those who are not familiar with the condition.
The signs of autism vary greatly from person to person (hence, why it is often referred to a “spectrum condition”). One individual might need assistance and support in their day-to-day life, while another is able to live and work entirely on their own. Each person’s experience with autism is unique, but there are often a few common characteristics:
- Repetitive behavior, patterns, or interests
- Restrictive behavior, patterns, or interests
- Repetitive sounds or movements
- Being non-verbal or have communication difficulties
- Difficulty in conversation and maintaining relationships
- Very high or very low response to sensory stimulation
The Autism Wheel
One of the tools that can help people better understand autism is the autism wheel. The autism wheel is a visual representation of the different aspects of autism and how they are interconnected. The wheel shows very clearly that autism comes in all types of shapes and sizes, and that there’s no such thing as “easy” or “good” autism, which is suggested using a linear model.
You can take an online Autistic Spectrum Test here.
Remember that whilst any online assessments may suggest indicators of autism, a full Autism diagnosis can only be obtained from a trained psychologist or psychiatrist.