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Read more about: Special interests

Special interests are one of the most common characteristics of people with autism. Historically, some interventions for autism have tried to limit them or use them largely as a reward for good behavior. But many people in the autism community consider these interests to be an important strength and a way to relieve stress. Some even expand on them to create a successful career. Find out what researchers are learning from autistic individuals about this strength.

Special Interests in Autism

Special interests can offer people with autism opportunities to socialize and to highlight their strengths. These interests can sometimes even grow into a career.

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ADHD, Anxiety and Autism?

Some researchers believe that conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and depression are “under-recognized” in youth with autism, which, in turn, “hampers clinical care and treatment.” After all, how can you treat what you don’t diagnose?

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