What is Autism?
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability.
A person with Autism may have:-
- Difficulty with social interaction, which can affect their ability to interact with others
- Difficulty with social communication, which involves both understanding and using verbal and non-verbal communication
- Difficulty with social imagination, which involves the ability to imagine situations outside of a daily routine
- Sensitivity towards sounds, light, touch, taste or smell
Autism is a spectrum condition, which means that people with autism are not all the same. They have a wide range of abilities and behaviours. For example, some people have better social skills, whilst others have almost no social interaction skills at all.
Asperger's syndrome is a form of 'high functioning' autism. This means that although the individual has average or above average intelligence, their autistic traits often have a huge impact on their everyday life.
The following sections contain useful information regarding autism and the support available