Symptoms of Autism
Davis Autism Approach can benefit anyone on the autism spectrum, but here the focus is on the symptoms generally associated with Asperger’s syndrome or high-functioning autism. That is because parents of someone diagnosed with autism will likely already have obtained a formal diagnosis before visiting this web site.
All individuals on the autism spectrum will display many of the following characteristics to a greater or lesser degree. No individual will have all of the characteristics. If you have a loved one that seems to have many of these characteristics, please contact Margot Young for more information or to arrange a consultation regarding the Davis Autism Approach.
Triad of Impairments
People on the autism spectrum experience difficulties with social interaction, social communication and social imagination. These are known as the Triad of Impairments (Wing 1981).
Problems with social interaction may show as:
- not paying attention to others;
- being aloof, distant and uninterested;
- being alone and withdrawn;
- a lack of social skills;
- inappropriate social behaviour;
- a lack of understanding about friendship or strangers;
- difficulties in making and sustaining friendships.