The Beauty of Autism

Value in Diversity

There isn't just one way to think and perceive the world

“What would happen if the autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool?

You would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave, chatting and socializing and not getting anything done.”

-Temple Grandin

Know the differences

Autism Disorder:

Diagnostic features

  • Abnormal or impaired development in social interaction & communication
  • Lack of interests/activities, nonverbal behavior
  • Failure to develop peer relationships

Rett's Disorder:

Diagnostic features

  • Deceleration of head growth
  • Loss of previously learned hand skills
  • Severely impaired receptive language development skills

Childhood Disintegrative Disorder:

Diagnostic features

  • Significant loss of previously aquirred skills
  • Abnormal functioning in social interaction & communication
  • Apparent normal development for at least 2 years after birth

Asperger's disorder:

Diagnostic features

  • Lack of social or emotional reciprocity
  • Stereotyped motor mannerisms
  • No clinically significant delay in motor coordination

However under the DSM-5 there is only one term for various disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

A: A complex disorder of brain development that affects an individuals behavior, social skills, and communication skills.

How common is Autism?

A: Around 1 in 68 American children (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), estimated 1 out of 42 boys & 1 out of 189 girls are diagnosed.

What are the characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders?

A: ASD has two "core" areas that usually present themselves, social communication challenges and repetitive/restrictive behaviors. (Ex. Difficulty maintaining eye contact, repetitive behaviors like tapping or flapping, sensory issues, or difficulties with self-regulation).


Play for me is where the thinking drifts off in floating clouds above

Where I can be me in unity of peaceful things, I love.

Entertaining self in the world of play emitted from life’s exposure

Allowing words and thoughts to be created by me the great composer

Oblivious to those around me as if they don’t exist

Playing with my inner thoughts of things I cannot resist

Lining them up in playful order comes a pattern to my eyes

When one comes and alters the purpose of my visions simply dies

For me pleasure comes from the way my play is to be

Sit quietly and observe what I am learning about me

Patterns. Patterns everywhere cause my adrenaline to consume me

Patterns are my favorite play, creating it in ways it was meant to be

Allowing myself to be alone to discover what my play is meant to bring

For inside myself this play of mine brings me happy things.

Written by Sondra Williams

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