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What People Don't Realize When They Hear ‘Autism Is a Spectrum'

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Society’s perception of autism has appreciably expanded over the recent years. Gone are the days where people think all autistic people are Raymond Babbitt from “Rain Man.” These days, it’s common knowledge that autistic traits vary in intensity and come in different combinations.

In other words: autism is a spectrum. And yet, far too often, our understanding of the spectrum ends at a very surface level.

People look at me like I have two heads when I tell them that there is more than one explanation for so-called “autistic behavior,” that yes, even if you’ve come across two autistic people that act very similarly, the thought processes driving these behaviors may be vastly different.

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