Characteristics of Children with ASD

Among all the possible behavior characteristics in individuals with ASD, some common behaviors do occur.  It is important to be familiar with those as a basis of understanding their impact on educational programming.  While not all of these characteristics will be the same in all diagnosed cases, they will include difficulties in the areas of social interaction, communication, sensory processing, and learning new skills.  The characteristics will vary at different ages for individual children with ASD.  Characteristics commonly associated with ASD are not exclusive to ASD and could appear in individuals diagnosed with other disabilities.

Covered in this issue:

  • Clinical Clues of Possible ASD
  • Patterns of Development
    • Impairments in Social Skills
    • Impairments in Communication Skills
    • Unusual and Repeated Behaviors and Routines
  • Additional Disabilities and Co-Morbid Conditions with ASD
    • Sensory problem
    • Mental retardation
    • Seizures
    • Fragile X syndrome
    • Tuberous Sclerosis
  • Associated Features

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