The various types of Autism are considered a “spectrum disorder” – an umbrella, with a range of autistic syndromes at varying degree of severities. It can also be depicted, and this is my preferred version while educating parents, as a rainbow where the colors blend and overlap. Each of the distinct color represents a particular category of autism. Yet, the transition from one color to the next on a rainbow is similar to the transition from mild to severe autism.
Each of these categories demonstrate varying degrees of difficulties a person faces with social, verbal, communicative and repetitive behaviors. Just as a shade in a rainbow overlaps and blends with the next color, so does autism making it harder to determine where one level or type of autism starts and where it terminates.
What this page contains
- 1 Key Types of Autism
- 2 Support Classification of different Autism Types
- 3 An Insight into the Various Types of Autism
Key Types of Autism
Each type of Autism demonstrates a degree of difficulty that a patient faces with verbal, social and communicative interactions. Just as a shade in a rainbow overlaps and blends to the next one, so does the autism spectrum; thus turning it into a challenging exercise for physicians to determine where one range in the spectrum starts and where it ends.
Autism Severities per Types
Support Classification of different Autism Types
Each of the above types of Autism mentioned earlier fall into one of the following categories, based on the level of support they require. For more details on the Autism Levels, please check out our page on Autism Spectrum Disorder DSM 5
|Autism Forms||Support Level||Classical Autism||Asperger’s||PDD-NOS||Rett’s Syndrome||CDD|
|Mild Autism||Level 1|
|Moderate Autism||Level 2|
|Severe Autism||Level 3|
Table 1: A How the different types of autism align to the 3 major categories of severity
An Insight into the Various Types of Autism
Let us now get a deeper insight into each of the following forms of Autism.
- Applied Behavior Analysis for ASD
- Social skills within families coping with Autism and externally
- Autism Communication Skills
For example, it is extremely hard to discriminate between mild PDD and moderate Aspergers symptoms as a patient may demonstrate both characteristics in the autism spectrum quotient.
To conclude, even though these are the five main types of Autism, the actual list is far more extensive. It is highly likely that any particular individual can exhibit autistic trends from one or more forms of Autism and therefore may require a varying level of support from medical professionals, therapists and (above all) their families.