​The symptoms of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will fall on a continuum, with some individuals showing mild symptoms and others having much more severe symptoms. If you have a student in your class who exhibits confusing behaviors, some of which may be listed below, and you would like to talk over methods of working effectively with the student, please call Lynne or Brenda at SDS at 989-774-3018.

People with ASD:

  • Tend to have communication deficits such as responding inappropriately in conversa­tions, difficulty making eye contact, standing too close or too far away, misreading nonverbal interactions, having difficulty understanding another's perspective or building friendships appropriate to their age.
  • May be overly dependent on routines, highly sensitive to changes in their environment, or intensely focused on inappropriate items.
  • May have abnormally high or low sensitivities to touch, smell, taste, look, feel or sound (strobe lights and fire alarms).
  • May have difficulty with planning and organization, turning in homework, hygiene.
  • May have depression and anxiety, ADHD.
  • May be highly developed in one area (intelligence/academics) and underdeveloped in another (social skills). 
  • May regress when stressed (exhibit behaviors such as bouncing in a chair or echoing others' speech).

Behaviors You May Encounter:

  • short, abrupt answers
  • personal boundary issues/stalking
  • relationship issues
  • roommate issues
  • soothing behaviors (rocking, mumbling, slapping themselves, hitting head)
  • inability to read body language
  • high level of anxiety
  • ADD/ADHD
  • fixated on the details, don't see the big picture

Other Traits/Strengths:

  • pattern finder                              
  • bluntness and directness             
  • strong self-discipline
  • deep understanding of interests
  • solidified routines