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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Autism is a lifelong condition that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people and the world around them.

What is Autism?

  • Autism is a lifelong condition that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people and the world around them.
  • It is a spectrum condition, which means it affects people in many different ways and to varying degrees.
  • There are many people with Autism in the UK.
  • You cannot always tell that someone has Autism just by looking at them

People with Autism might find these things difficult:

  • Telling people how they feel
  • Meeting other people and making new friends
  • Processing sensory information and this can occur in one or all of the senses (touch, taste, sight, sound or smell). Individuals may be over or under-sensitive to certain sensory stimulation such as loud noises, bright lights or strong smells.
  • Understanding what other people think or feel

What causes Autism?

  • No one knows why people have Autism
  • If your child has Autism, it is not because you are a bad parent
  • Autism can be genetic. This means Autism can pass from parents to their children

What else is special about people with Autism?

  • They may be very good at something, like maths, art or music
  • They can be good at learning when they see someone else doing it
  • They may be good at concentrating on one activity for a long period

Here are some highly successful people with Autism:

  • Albert Einstein [Mathematician]
  • Daryl Hannah [Actress]
  • Michael Palin [Comedian]
  • Bill Gates [Entrepreneur]
  • Willard Wigan [Artist]

 

Useful websites/information

 

PLEASE NOTE:

 

If you want to find out more about the provision for children with Autism at Queensbridge, please speak to Nick Mallender [SENCO].

 

Many thanks for reading this and for your commitment and support.