What Are the Different Types of Autism? A Simple Guide

What Are the Different Types of Autism? A Simple Guide

What Are the Different Types of Autism
Are you wondering what are the different types of Autism? If yes, check out our guide on the key signs to look for and main things to understand.

Are you a parent, caregiver, friend, or friend of someone with autism? If so, it’s helpful to understand the different types of autism.

Below you’ll find a simple guide to the main five different types of autism.

What Are the Different Types of Autism?

types of autism
The five types of autism are…

  • Aspergers
  • Rett syndrome
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
  • Kanner’s Syndrome
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Below you’ll learn how a few symptoms or features are consistent with all 5 autism types.

  • Disconnection from other people
  • Difficulty or inability to show empathy
  • Uncontrollable emotions (meltdowns, tantrums)
  • Delay in language/verbal skills

Plus you’ll also learn how each type of autism has its own unique features.

The 5 main types of autism

1. Aspergers

People with Aspergers don’t usually have symptoms as severe as other types of autism.

They generally have difficulty in social situations.

  • Often they seem disinterested in the people around them.
  • They’re always struggling with social cues.
  • They have trouble reading another person’s facial expressions or body language.

Generally, these symptoms of Aspergers can be managed.

2. Rett Syndrome

Rett syndrome is a rare genetic disorder mostly affecting females.

Symptoms of Rett syndrome can be very severe:

  • inability or difficulty speaking, walking, and sometimes breathing normally
  • repeated hand movements

Rett syndrome affects growth and development in many ways. Plus, people with Rett syndrome may have anything from moderate to very severe symptoms.

3. Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

Childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD) is a rare condition, which mainly shows up with delays in development.

People with CDC may have difficulty with…

  • language, social skills, and even motor skills

Researchers still aren’t sure about the causes of CDD. They think it has to do with differences in brain function and chemistry.

4. Kanner’s Syndrome

Kanner’s syndrome is also known as autistic disorder.

People with Kanner’s syndrome may…

  • struggle with verbal communication
  • do great with visio-spacial thinking
  • have trouble with socializing with others or being around large groups of people.
  • be prone to angry or aggressive outbreaks

This article from Autism Parenting Magazine can help you understand more about handling meltdowns, tantrums, and aggression.

5. Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) is often noticed at a young age.

People with PDD usually have these symptoms:

  • They have trouble understanding language and communicating.
  • Or they struggle with new environments or activities outside of their routine.
  • They have repeated behaviors or physical movements.

Being a Good Advocate

If you’re reading this article on the different types of Autism, you’re probably hoping to help someone who has been diagnosed. Good for you!

When you’re informed, you can better support a person with Autism. You’ll find caring for someone with autism feels stressful at times. But you must do your best to show patience. Your effort matters!

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