Common Tendancies and Characteristics

Those who fall under the broad umbrella of the Autism Spectrum Disorder are categorized along the spectrum based on their: social skills, communication skills, repetitive or perseverative behaviors, unique skill sets, and social skills.


Approximately one out of every sixty-eight children are diagnosed with autism. Autism is also more common in boys than in girls, as one out of every forty-two boys are diagnosed with autism, where only one out of every one hundred and eighty-nine girls are diagnosed with autism.

Common Tendencies and Characteristics of Individuals With Autism

  • Lack the desire to “play pretend”
  • Fail to answer when called
  • Neglect to make or hold eye contact
  • Possess the desire to either be in constant company, or constantly alone
  • Have difficulties expressing feelings or acknowledging the feelings of others
  • Lack the ability to communicate
  • Adverse reactions to changes in routine
  • Echolalia; repeat verbatim what is said to them
  • Have abrupt body movements
  • Extreme reactions to: sound, smell, taste, look or feel
  • Lack in the ability to get along with others
  • Mix pronouns
  • Have little to no awareness of their surroundings or present dangers
  • Be immensely interested in specific areas
  • Place their toys or objects around them in a specific order (i.e. a line)
  • Aggressive tendencies caused by frustration and lack of communication
  • Self injurious
  • Lack of or excessive fear


Treatments should be determined based on the specific individual, as no two individuals with autism have the exact same behaviors, tendencies and abilities. Many treatments (personalized) include behavior plans, medicine, or other experimental treatments. The earlier the treatment can begin in the individual’s life, the sooner they can acquire the skills that they are lacking in. Granted, treatments depend upon the individual with whom it concerns, paired with their age.


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