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- Being hyper- or hyposensitive to certain stimuli, such as noises, visual patterns, food textures, etc.
- Uncommon ways of problem solving, such as doing more difficult tasks first, then the easier tasks. Executive functioning problems.
- "Special interests" - deep fixations on certain topics. For example, train schedules or even store locations on an advertisement.
- Repetitive movements, known as "stimming". These movements can include body-rocking, hand-flapping, jumping, etc.
- Very focused on routine, consistency and order. Can become very upset when the routine is broken.
- Having trouble expressing and understanding language used in typical communication, both verbal and non-verbal.
- Having trouble understanding and expressing typical social interaction. For example, not saying "Hi." immediately after someone says it to you.
Autism can be diagnosed by a psychologist, psychiatrist, neuropsychologist or a licensed clinical social worker. Keep in mind, that one does not need a diagnosis to be Autistic.