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In addition to creating cool clothes and products, Gavinator offers much more. Please check our site frequently for resource links, seminars, events, and collaborative content that support the neurodiverse community, including diagnoses such as Autism and ADHD.


What is Autism?

Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a complex developmental condition that typically appears during early childhood and affects social interaction, communication, and behavior. It is characterized by a wide range of symptoms and severity levels, which is why it's termed a "spectrum" disorder. Some individuals with autism may have exceptional abilities in certain areas, such as music, art, or mathematics, while others may face significant challenges in daily life.

Top 10 Signs of Autism in Children

  1. Delayed or Limited Speech Development: Difficulty in speaking or delayed onset of speech compared to peers.
  2. Lack of Social Interaction: Limited eye contact, difficulty understanding social cues, and challenges in engaging with others.
  3. Repetitive Behaviors: Engaging in repetitive movements or actions, such as hand-flapping, rocking, or lining up toys.
  4. Fixation on Routines: Strong preference for routines and rituals, becoming upset by changes in schedule or environment.
  5. Sensory Sensitivities: Over- or under-reactivity to sensory stimuli, such as loud noises, bright lights, or certain textures.
  6. Difficulty with Empathy: Trouble understanding others' emotions or perspectives, and challenges in expressing empathy.
  7. Narrow Interests: Intense focus on specific topics or objects, often to the exclusion of other activities.
  8. Difficulty with Nonverbal Communication: Limited use of gestures or facial expressions to communicate, or difficulty interpreting others' body language.
  9. Lack of Imaginative Play: Limited imaginative or pretend play, preferring repetitive or solitary activities.
  10. Unusual Attachment to Objects: Strong attachment to certain objects or toys, often displaying distress if these items are not available or are altered.

Top 10 Signs of Autism in Adults

  1. Difficulty with Social Interaction: Struggling to understand social cues, maintaining eye contact, or engaging in reciprocal conversation.
  2. Sensory Sensitivities: Heightened sensitivity or aversion to sensory stimuli, such as certain sounds, textures, or lights.
  3. Rigid Thinking and Routines: Strong preference for routines and difficulty adapting to changes in schedule or environment.
  4. Specialized Interests: Intense focus on specific topics or hobbies, often to the exclusion of other activities.
  5. Repetitive Behaviors: Engaging in repetitive movements or rituals, such as hand-flapping or pacing.
  6. Difficulty with Empathy: Challenges in understanding others' emotions or perspectives, and difficulty expressing empathy.
  7. Literal Thinking: Tendency to interpret language and communication literally, struggling with sarcasm, metaphor, or idiomatic expressions.
  8. Executive Functioning Challenges: Difficulty with organization, planning, and time management.
  9. Difficulty with Transitions: Struggling with transitions between tasks or activities, becoming overwhelmed by unexpected changes.
  10. Feeling Different or Alienated: Sensation of feeling out of place or different from peers, despite efforts to fit in socially.

Collaborative Content Corner

Question to Parent Lisa:

How did you discover your child had Autism and what was your initial response?


Hey there, I'm Lisa, and I want to share how we found out about our son's autism. You see, our little guy, James, he's always been special to us, but we started noticing things that seemed a bit different when he was around two.

At first, we thought he was just a bit shy. He didn't make much eye contact and wasn't answering to us when we called his name.  Also, he wasn't too keen on playing with other kids. But then, as time went on, we realized it was more than just shyness. He wasn't talking much, and when he did, it was like he was in his own little world.

We tried to brush it off and hoped he'd catch up eventually. But when James started preschool, that's when things got real. His teachers noticed he was struggling to follow instructions and join in with the other kids. That's when the alarm bells really started ringing for us.

So, we decided to talk to our pediatrician about it. And after a bunch of evaluations and assessments, we got the news: James had autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It hit us like a ton of bricks, I won't lie. But at the same time, it was like a weight had been lifted off our shoulders because suddenly, everything made sense.

Since then, it's been a rollercoaster of emotions. Getting James the support he needs has been tough at times, but oh man, seeing him grow and learn in his own way, it's been the most incredible journey. We've learned to celebrate every little milestone, no matter how small.

And you know what? James may be on the spectrum, but that's just one part of who he is. He's funny, he's curious, and he's got a heart of gold. Autism doesn't define him – it's just a piece of the puzzle that makes him uniquely James. And we wouldn't change him for the world. 

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