Autistic Spectrum Disorders
What is Autism?
There are different terms to describe Autism, including Autistic, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and Aspergers Syndrome. Families can choose which term suits their family best. On these pages we will use Autism.
All autistic people share certain difficulties, but these will affect them in different ways. Every child or person is an individual. This is why Autism is known as a spectrum condition/disorder. Read more about Autism.
The main areas of need are:
SOCIAL COMMUNICATION AND INTERACTION
RESTRICTED AND REPETITIVE BEHAVIOURS
However, people with autism have lots of strengths too! Some people with Autism are very good at:
- Problem solving
- Having a deep knowledge of their interests
- Noticing details
- Being able to focus intently when interested in something
Some autistic people have learning disabilities, speech and language difficulties, mental health needs and/or other conditions. This means that all people with Autism will need different levels of support.
Click the links on the left for Autism services where you live.