1. Social Interaction and Communication Difficulties:
Individuals with ASD often have difficulty interacting and communicating with others, which can manifest in different ways, such as having difficulty initiating or maintaining conversations, displaying limited eye contact, and having trouble understanding nonverbal cues.
2. Repetitive Behaviors:
People with ASD may engage in repetitive behaviors like rocking back and forth or flapping their hands. This is thought to be a way for them to regulate their emotions.
3. Language Delays:
Children with ASD often experience delays in language development, such as delayed speech or lack of the ability to use words appropriately.
4. Sensory Issues:
Some individuals with ASD may have heightened sensitivity to certain sights, sounds, or textures.
5. Unusual Interests:
People with ASD may show an unusual interest in certain topics and activities, such as spinning objects or playing with the same toy for extended periods.
6. Self-Stimulating Behaviors:
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder may engage in self-stimulating behaviors like head banging or hand flapping to self-regulate emotions.
7. Difficulty Adjusting to Changes:
Those on the autism spectrum often have difficulty adjusting to changes in their routines or environments, which can manifest in disruptive behavior if not managed properly.
8. Restrictive Eating Habits:
Some individuals with ASD may display restrictive eating habits, such as only eating certain foods or textures.