Autism is a condition that affects how you learn and communicate. If you’re autistic it can affect how you live and interact with the world and those around you. But there are things that can help if you’re struggling.

Understanding autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is called a 'spectrum' condition because it affects people in different ways.

Some autistic people might need a lot of care and support. But others are able to cope well with most things.

Autism isn't something that goes away, but it's something that you can live with through different amounts of support. We have advice to help. You always have the right to be treated with respect. If you're worried about anything, remember you can speak to a Childline counsellor.

Some autistic people might:

  • have routines and like to stick to them
  • not always understand what other people are thinking and feeling
  • have trouble knowing what to say or how to behave when meeting new people
  • take longer to process information. Too much information can lead to a sensory overload or a meltdown
  • have interests and hobbies that they really focus on
  • not feel very confident.


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Getting help with bullying

People who bully often pick on people because they’re ‘different’. If you have autism, this can make you seem ‘different’. This might include being:

  • called names or teased
  • hit, kicked or physically hurt
  • left out of things.

Bullying is always wrong. If you're being bullied at school, your teacher should be able to help. Your school should have an anti-bullying policy. This is something which explains what they'll do to stop you from being bullied.

Try talking to your parents about what’s happening. Or talk to another family member or adult you trust

Not sure about what to do? Try contacting our counsellors for help.