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why is it important to recognize individual needs in the autistic spectrum?

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Answer #1 | 05/01 2014 17:57
Because autism is a very broad spectrum. Some people may not be able to speak at all...others may talk non-stop at a mile a minute. Some people may not be able to tolerate loud noises/vibrant colours/bright lights/textures, etc... some may seek out those things. Some may love to watch marbles rolling back and forth for hours...some may put the marbles in their mouth and swallow which is a choking hazard. And so on. It doesn't make any sense at all to treat everyone under the umbrella of "autism" the same way...because they are not the same.
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Answer #2 | 07/01 2014 13:28
"If you have met one person with autism, you have met one person with autism." Essentially, the same individual (with autism) who presents with the same characteristics can end up having drastically different trajectories. I've seen students with mild presentation who could not complete basic academic functions whereas ones with moderate presentation earn PhDs.
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