Autism

Autism is a condition that affects how someone learns, communicates and builds relationships with others. If you're autistic, it can affect how you live and what you think about things around you. But there are things that can help.

Understanding autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), also known as autism, is called a ‘spectrum’ condition because it affects people in different ways. Because of this, it can be difficult to understand what autism is, which can make it harder to cope. It can also have an effect on your family and friends.

Some autistic people may need a lot of care and support. But others are able to cope with most things quite well. For example, people with the form of autism known as Asperger syndrome find it hard to understand language and can interpret things literally, but have fewer problems with speaking.

Autism isn't something that goes away, but can become easier to cope with over time.

Some autistic people might:

  • find it harder to understand what other people are thinking
  • be really good at certain things, such as learning new skills or remembering things
  • have trouble knowing what to say or how to act when meeting new people
  • have special interests that they focus on so much, they don't notice anything else going on around them
  • get upset when changes happen.

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