Restricted Interests &
A key feature of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests, or activities. People with ASD may:
Not all of these characteristics will be present in every student with ASD, but all students will have displayed two or more restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour in order to have received a diagnosis.
Please be aware that some people with ASD (and their family members) may find terms such as “obsessed” or “restricted” unnecessarily negative ways to describe their behaviours and interests. Rather than saying that a student “is obsessed with lightbulbs”, a teacher might say that a student has “a passion for lightbulbs” or “in-depth knowledge of lightbulbs”.