A Guide to the Different Types of Autism


Welcome to a journey of discovery, where we dive into the vibrant spectrum of autism. Autism is a complex condition that affects people in different ways. It’s called a spectrum disorder because it shows up differently in each person.

Within this spectrum, there are different types or sub types of autism. As we explore the wonders of humanity, let us understand and open our minds to the knowledge we will gain from this article. Let us realize that they are not different from us, but rather unique individuals. Get ready for a journey where we embrace our unique human diversity.

Autistic Disorder (Classic Autism)

Classic autism is the most common type. People with classic autism have challenges in socializing, communicating, and behaving. They often repeat actions, find it hard to interact with others, have trouble with language and like specific things or routines.

Also, individuals with classic autism may experience sensory sensitivities. Certain sounds, sights, or textures can be overwhelming or distressing for them.

They may show repetitive behaviors such as hand-flapping or spinning objects as a way to self-stimulate or seek sensory input. With the right support and intervention, they can learn and develop skills.

These skills can enhance their social interactions and communication abilities. This then leads to a better quality of life and greater independence.

Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger Syndrome is a type of autism that brings social and behavioral challenges. People with this syndrome might struggle in social situations, seeming awkward or rude.

They may tend to talk about themselves rather than show interest in others, making them self-centered. Expressing themselves non-verbally can be challenging. This results in facial expressions, gestures, and body language difficulties.

Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD)

Childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD), also called Heller’s syndrome, is a neurodevelopmental condition where a child’s language, motor skills, and social abilities develop normally until around age three to ten.

However, they suddenly start losing these skills, which can be very distressing for parents who were unaware of their child’s autistic challenges. An early autism assessment can help the parents and people around the child by giving the right treatment and support.

Rett Syndrome

Rett syndrome is a rare condition that affects mostly girls. It causes problems with movement, communication, and thinking. Girls with Rett syndrome often have difficulty with hand skills, like using their hands to play or talk.

They may also have trouble walking or moving their bodies in a coordinated way. Rett syndrome is caused by changes in a person’s genes. It’s important to understand that Rett syndrome is not something that a person chooses or can control.

Fragile X Syndrome

Fragile X Syndrome is a genetic condition that affects both boys and girls. It is called “fragile” because a specific part of their DNA is fragile or easily broken.

It can cause learning difficulties and other challenges. People with Fragile X Syndrome may have trouble with language, behavior, and social interactions.

Understanding the Different Types of Autism to Foster Love and Care

There is a wide range of types of autism, and the disorder’s effects range from mild to severe.

If you or a loved one is seeking resources to better understand and support those with autism, please reach out to a healthcare professional or local organizations. Spread Compassion and Autism Awareness today!

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