What is Autism?
Autism a lifelong neuro-developmental condition that affects the development of the brain in areas of social interaction and communication.
People with autism have difficulty communicating and forming relationships with people, in addition to developing language and in using abstract concepts. Consequently this impacts on their ability to make sense of the world around them.
It is often referred to as the ‘hidden’ disability, this is because people who are on the autism spectrum show no significant physical difference to their peers. Typically is their behaviour that appears different to others.
ASD effects each person differently, but there are some common characteristics. These can include the following:
- Difficulty expressing wants/needs/emotions
- Difficulty understanding non-verbal cues & gestures
- Literal interpretations
- Lack of interest in interaction
- Limited use of gestures
- Difficulty understanding others perspectives
- Difficulties with conversational turn-taking
- Difficulty making eye contact
- Insistence on same & reliance on routines
- Intense and limited interests
- Stereotyped or repetitive movements such as rocking, flapping hands, walking in lines
- Over or under sensitivity to sensory experiences (e.g. sounds, smells, lights, etc.)
What is ASD?
Autism is often referred to as autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. This is because the symptoms and characteristics can present themselves in a wide variety of combinations and can range from mild to severe. Therefore, two people with the same diagnosis can act very differently from one another and have varying skills.
Our therapists have been specialising in supporting children, as well as families, living with ASD for over two decades. We are available to provide a range of services to help your child reach his or her potential.
Early Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Early intervention is very important to children with ASD to ensure that development is supported effectively.
For more information on early intervention please visit Early Intervention for Autism.