Autism is a lifelong condition which affects both children and adults.
Someone may have mild, moderate or severe autism, so it is sometimes referred to as a spectrum, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
People with autism can be affected in different ways
Some may be able to live relatively independent lives, while others may need support or have accompanying learning disabilities or other disabilities or suffer mental ill health
People with autism often have difficulty with communication and social interaction
Some experience over or under-sensitivity to sounds, colours, tastes, smells, light or touch
Some need really clear routines or may have certain rituals or obsessions
No two people with autism will be the same
Asperger's syndrome is a form of autism which also causes communication and emotional problems
The National autistic Society estimate that 11 in every 1,000 people (1.1% of the population) are on the autism spectrum
Getting a Diagnosis
If you are think you or your child may be autistic or have Asperger’s Syndrome please contact your GP to discuss your concerns. They can make a referral for a formal assessment if necessary.
For children of school age you can also discuss any concerns you may have with
Information about getting a diagnosis
Some people may be eligible for social care support. You are entitled to ask for an assessment of your social care needs.
Find out more
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