The Academy for Adults with Autism

Characteristics of Autism

These are some of the major characteristics of autism:

  • Lack of eye contact
  • Unusual and obsessive attachment to objects/activities of own choice
  • Excessive interest in patterns/textures
  • Severe difficulty with expressive language ability and communication skills
  • Overactive and repetitive movement and behaviour
  • Extreme difficulty adapting to social group situations
  • Severe and uneven learning impairment
  • May display indifference
  • No fear/anticipation of real danger
  • Resistance to change
  • Inappropriate laughter or giggling
  • Difficulty with motor co-ordination and planning
  • Impairment of sensory systems
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Difficulty adapting to any sort of change (in routine or environment)
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