Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)


There is no known single cause of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is defined by a certain set of behaviors, and is a so called “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently, and to a varying degree. One characteristic is, however, a variable deficit in social interaction and communication skills. Internationally we see a consensus among experts suggesting that the number of individuals with autism is growing. Epidemiological results indicate that ASD affects 1 % of the global population, and is more common in males than females.

Source: Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Global Perspective by Alisha S. Richmond

Read more about ASD and Asperger’s Syndrome at The Increasing Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders by Johnny L. Matson and Alison M. Kozlowski.

An individual with autism often displays one or several of the following characteristics:

  • Mathematical, technological, musical/artistic aptitude
  • Excellent concentration skills – especially on a preferred activity
  • Strong visual competences
  • A talent for repetitive behaviors, and the ability to apply oneself to repetitive tasks without losing focus
  • A keen understanding for, and retention of, concrete concepts, patterns and rules
  • An excellent long-term memory, particularly for facts, statistics and so on
  • Adherence to rules,
  • Honesty

It is exactly these characteristics that we at Specialisterne prefer to focus on, harness and channel.

 

Next course in September

The third edition of the assessment and training program for people with ASD will begin next September.

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