"The biggest thing is people with autism have a different way of communicating, and if we take time to learn that language, it’s amazing what relationships can be developed," says psychologist Lizbeth Booth.

With so many educational resources right at our fingertips, like Autism Speaks, it has become much easier to understand others. It just takes caring and time.

What You Need To Know

  • Autism has a wide range of symptoms

  • The way they present themselves to each person is unique

  • Most people with autism want some type of relationship. They just don’t know how to go about it.

"Autism is an interesting diagnosis because it covers a wide range of symptoms. While there are three core areas we associate with autism, the way all those symptoms present themselves to each person is unique," explains Booth.

Spectrum News met Booth through People Inc. a human services agency, helps us better understand about autism.

"The three areas that are different for people with autism are your social, emotional communication," adds Booth.

Which, she says, can often make it difficult for someone with autism to expand on a conversation.

"The second area is restricted area of interest. So when most of us hear an alarm, we cover our ears and we leave if we need to. People with autism may not know what to do and they may shut down. And then of course the relationships. Developing relationships is a long process, a learned process. There’s this perception that people with autism don’t want relationships and that a huge misperception. Most individuals that I’ve worked with want some type of relationship. They just don’t know how to do it," says Booth.

This information is just the beginning. There is so much to learn about autism. For more resources, click here and here.