It is not a sensory problem, not an intelligence problem, not a speech disorder, not an emotional problem, not a relationship problem, not a socialization or social skills disorder, and certainly not a behavioral disorder. Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder.
No. Behavioral problems do not come with autism.
Yes, in both directions. Positively, if the needs are targeted correctly and the assistance has concrete developmental impacts, if the person is able to communicate (not just talk), and if they are able to access their full potential. Negatively, if the development gap is allowed to grow. It is not normal for the situation to deteriorate if it is only autism and there are no other identified disorders. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
Autism has two sides: the hidden side and the visible side. Many people think that by making the visible side disappear, autism is cured. This is not true. It is not by stopping gestures whose true function is not considered that we can solve a problem of connections in the brain.
No. The brain plasticity involved is present throughout life. Therefore, the work can be started at any age. The earlier the better, to avoid too much anxiety for the person with autism.
No. It is essential to target the real needs related to autism, according to the degree of autistic development of each individual. It is essential to take into account the child's background, learning abilities, readiness to learn and associated disorders in order to reach the child where he or she is at.
Absolutely. The more we understand autism, the more we can correctly read its effects on the person, the more we will be able to set up the right intervention standards, and the more we will be able to do the right actions to allow people on the autism spectrum to develop in a harmonious way. We must learn to be careful with the intelligence of autistic people, we must read the autistic manifestations well, and we must learn to deal with them in order to help the person manage their structure better and better. As soon as we stop confusing it with other problems, or with neurotypicals, people on the autism spectrum will have a chance to develop harmoniously and to access their full potential. And all of this begins with respect for their dignity. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)