As you may know, Autism is a spectrum disorder that affects individuals in different ways. The three functional levels of Autism are a way to categorize the severity of the disorder and help identify the level of support an individual may need.
Level 1: Requiring Support
Individuals with Level 1 Autism require some support in social situations, communication, and sensory processing. They may struggle with social interactions and need some assistance in understanding social cues and building friendships. They may also have difficulty with transitions and changes in routines.
Level 2: Requiring Substantial Support
Individuals with Level 2 Autism require substantial support in social situations, communication, and sensory processing. They may have difficulty with communication and require assistance in understanding nonverbal cues and developing language skills. They may also struggle with self-regulation and have sensory sensitivities.
Level 3: Requiring Very Substantial Support
Individuals with Level 3 Autism require very substantial support in social situations, communication, and sensory processing. They may have limited verbal communication skills and rely on nonverbal communication, such as gestures or pictures. They may also have significant sensory sensitivities and struggle with self-regulation.
It’s important to remember that each person with Autism is unique and may not fit neatly into one of these categories. However, understanding the three functional levels of Autism can help us provide appropriate support and accommodations to individuals on the autism spectrum. Let’s work together to create a more inclusive and understanding world for everyone!
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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention