Bosch-Boonstra-Schaaf Optic Atrophy Syndrome & Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

*Overall, 80% of those diagnosed with Bosch- Boonstra-Schaaf optic atrophy syndrome have been diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder or exhibit features of the disorder.

*The Phenotypic Expansion of Bosch-Boonstra-Schaaf Optic Atrophy Syndrome and Further Evidence for Genotype-Phenotype Correlations (2020)

*Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by:

  • Social impairments
  • cognitive impairments
  • communication difficulties
  • repetitive behaviors

Because Autism is a spectrum disorder, it can range from very mild to very severe and occur in all ethnic, socioeconomic and age groups. As they say, when you have met one person with ASD, you’ve met one person with ASD.

A Person with Autism Might:

  • Not respond to their name
  • Not point at objects or things of interest
  • Not play “pretend” games
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Want to be alone
  • Have no speech or delayed speech
  • Repeat words or phrases
  • Have repetitive behaviors
  • Have intense interest in one topic or activity
  • Have low to no social skills
  • *Teach you their unique perspective of life!
  • *Show you genuine love and joy in many different ways!
  • * Learn to live in our world if we learn to live in theirs.

* National Autism Association

*BBSOAS and ASD parent