Brian Colpak Answers: What is Autism and What is It Like?

Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a condition that has a broad spectrum of symptoms that can vary drastically from person to person. There’s no single cause for it and no clear consensus as to what is and isn’t a cause in the first place. To the uninitiated, it can be difficult to understand what somebody who has it is going through. In this article, Brian Colpak will help you better understand ASD and how to help somebody suffering from it.

What Makes It A Spectrum?

What Exactly Is ASD?

The first and most evident symptom is a series of social difficulties that most people with ASD have. They have trouble reading things like social cues and body language. Generally, they are unable or have great difficulty looking at things from the perspective of somebody else. If left untreated, many of these people will stop trying to engage with others altogether. In some cases, they may even start lashing out at others out of frustration, which stems from the challenges they face in making their wants and needs understood.

Being extremely focused on one particular topic and having very little interest in anything else is a near-universal issue in individuals with autism. This manifests itself in many different ways but is generally frustrating for parents and teachers when they need to redirect the individual’s focus to something other than their favorite subject. Having trouble with or outright refusing to make eye contact is widespread as well. Eye contact is extremely overstimulating for many individuals with autism, and therefore many tend to avoid it at all costs.

Difficulty forming friendships can be devastating for anyone, but for someone with ASD who wants to connect with others, disappointments in social relationships are magnified. Most autistic children want to have people with whom they can form relationships. However, their problems with social skills make this very difficult. They may find that having a narrow band of interests severely limits how they can interact with their peers. Even if they do make friends, they may have trouble maintaining them.

How Can I Help?

Autism Spectrum Disorder covers a broad scope of differing symptoms. No two people are exactly alike, and that is doubly true when it comes to people with ASD. Learning to understand what they are going through will allow you to connect with them and understand how to provide support.

About Brian Colpak

Brian Colpak is a tech entrepreneur and the founder of Continental Global.