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Common Traits of Autism

Every person with autism is completely unique. Like snowflakes, no two are alike, and each has his or her own individual characteristic behavior and habits. Below is a list of common traits that may affect autistic persons. It’s important to know that not all these traits will be found in every person, and some may have severity of one trait, and little or no sign of others. Each person must be individually evaluated but will generally be consistent in the areas they exhibit.

Social Interaction Traits

  • Very little or no eye contact.
  • Resistance to being held or touched.
  • Tends to get too close when speaking to someone (lack of personal space).
  • Responds to social interactions, but does not initiate them.
  • Does not generally share observations or experiences with others.
  • Difficulty understanding jokes, figures of speech or sarcasm.
  • Difficulty reading facial expressions and body language.
  • Difficulty understanding the rules of conversation.
  • Difficulty understanding group interactions.
  • Aversion to answering questions about themselves.
  • Gives spontaneous comments which seem to have no connection to the current conversation.
  • Makes honest, but inappropriate observations.
  • Seems unable to understand another’s feelings.
  • Prefers to be alone, aloft or overly-friendly.
  • Difficulty maintaining friendships.
  • Finds it easier to socialize with people that are older or younger, rather than peers of their own age.
  • Unaware of/disinterested in what is going on around them.
  • Talks excessively about one or two topics (dinosaurs, movies, etc.).
  • Overly trusting or unable to read the motives behinds peoples’ actions.
  • Minimal acknowledgement of others.
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