Autism is a developmental disability affecting more than 1 in 100 people in the UK.

Children with autism are often labeled as being 'naughty' and adults with autism often feel misunderstood.

It affects a person's communication and relations and interactions with other people and how the view's and perceives the world around them. Often people with autism find the world overwhelming and confusing which can cause a lot of anxiety.

It is a spectrum condition. It is not an illness of disease and there is no 'cure'. Often people with autism see their autism as part of who they are.

Things such as eye contact, communication and social rules are more complicated and difficult for people with autism and they see and hear the world differently, but each person with autism is unique in their own way.

Some people with autism may also have learning disability, mental health issues or other conditions and the level of support they need varies.

Getting diagnosed with autism can be hugely beneficial as it helps people understand why they are the way they are; why they find certain situations distressing or difficult to cope with and it opens up support such as to school, with work as well as being able to access specialist services and support.

Some of the difficulties people with autism may have include:
  • Social communication
  • Social interaction
  • Difficulty understanding 'social rules'
  • Repetitive behaviours
  • Difficulties with changes to routine
  • Highly focused interests
  • Hyper or hypo sensitivity
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of emotional literacy, e.g. saying how you feel
  • Taking phrases and sarcasm literally
  • Making eye contact
  • Personal space

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