Here are 13 interesting facts about autism. Some of them may be contrary to what we thought.
- Employment rates for autistic adults are similar across the spectrum.
- Many people on the spectrum don’t want to be cured
- Stimming can be used to control sensory input for an autistic person.
- Harmful forms of stimming can be avoided by redirecting them to safer forms.
- The difference between high functioning autism and Aspergers Syndrome is that there’s no significant language delays for those with AS.
- Autistic children’s brains tend to have too many neural connections.
- Autistic children who lose their diagnosis retain their autistic brain signature.
- For an autistic person, “passing” means acting non-autistic.
- Socializing can feel like hard work for an autistic person.
- Autistic people’s facial expressions may be different from those of non-autistics.
- It’s common for autistic people to have difficulties describing their emotions.
- Reading facial expressions tends to be more difficult for older autistic people.
- It’s common for autistic people to have difficulties recognizing faces.