Saturday, December 29, 2012

Ten Signs of Autism

The source link listed at the bottom of this blog post lists ten signs of autism.  There are as follows:

  1. Struggles
  2. Hypersensitivity
  3. Hyposensitivity
  4. Repetition
  5. Object Attachment
  6. Communication
  7. Interaction
  8. Fascinations
  9. Perseveration
  10. Developmental Delays
Now I am going to take a moment to give examples I have experienced in each of these areas.  Due to the complexity of autism spectrum disorders, I have cannot relate to every one of the listed areas.

  1. Struggles: When I was between the ages of 9 and 12, I experienced many struggles.  I did not understand sarcasm or irony, something my peers were quick to notice.  While I do not learn at the same pace my peers do, I have consistently been noticed for being the "most improved" at tasks I previously experienced difficulties with.
  2. Hypersensitivity: I have noticed that I cannot wear fleece.  I also have difficulty eating potatoes and mushrooms.
  3. Hyposensitivity: I have not really experienced any difficulties in this area.
  4. Repetition: Even after everything I have overcome, I still prefer to watch movies I have already seen as opposed to brand new movies unless they belong to a series I follow or I have some other interest in the new material.  I don't watch new movies "just for the heck of it."
  5. Object Attachment: I slept with a stuffed animal until I was a teenager.  It was very difficult for me to throw out broken toys when I was younger.
  6. Communication: I have always been referred to as "quiet" or "shy."
  7. Interaction: Until a year ago, I had difficulty keeping close friends.  I now have two or three friends who I hang out with on a regular basis.  We have both remarked that without certain circumstances, we would never have started talking.
  8. Fascinations: When I was younger, I always had these diabolical Star Wars space battles on paper fueled by a pencil, eraser, and my imagination.  It was difficult as a teenager to realize that without talking about Star Wars or my cats, I really didn't have a lot to talk about.
  9. Peseveration: Sometimes when studying for school, I would get stuck on a single concept and not be able to get around it.  I remember having difficulty understanding how letters could be used in math when I was first starting to learn Algebra.
  10. Developmental Delays: At age two, I lost what language skills I had developed up to that point and was nonverbal until age three when I started to talk again.
To read more about these ten signs of autism, click on the following link:

1 comment:

  1. That was an absolutely awesome article! Very well put and explained!