Treatment Must Be Individualized
Autism spectrum disorder varies from one person to the other and so for treatment to be effective, it has to be personalized. This can lead to treatment options being a little expensive.
The Symptoms Will Vary
When persons think of autism, a few symptoms usually come to mind. However, not everyone will exhibit those symptoms and interestingly, persons without autism can show behaviors that are typical of autism.
Other Illnesses Can Accompany The Disorder
Persons who have autism may also develop seizure disorders, metabolic disorders, sleeping disorders, asthma, allergies, cognitive impairments, and digestive disorders, among others.
The Disorder Is Not Degenerative
Unlike other conditions, autism does not get worse over time. If treated regularly, persons with autism will actually get better at expressing themselves and maintaining a daily routine.
Persons With Autism Care About Others More Than You Know
Those with autism might not always be able to express how they are feeling, research shows that they are very empathetic to those who are around them.
Early Interventions Are Important
The earlier persons are diagnosed, the earlier their interventions can begin. Research shows that children who start a treatment program early are more likely to see a difference than teenagers or adults.
The Disorder Can Affect Twins Differently
Interestingly, one twin can be diagnosed with autism while the other might not or have a milder case. The difference is generally wider between fraternal twins than identical ones.
There Aren’t Enough Support Programs
Even though persons with autism can hold jobs well and are talented in creative areas such as music or dancing, it can be difficult for them to get the right opportunities. Many support programs end after high school so getting to the next step doesn’t happen for a lot of people with autism.
We still have a long way to go regarding ensuring that persons are correctly diagnosed with autism and can get the support they need. In the meantime, knowing how to relate to those who have the disorder can help to maintain your interpersonal relationships.