Having Autism means that the person has a different way of understanding and relating to other people and the world around them.
Here are some of the things you typically see, in various combinations and from mild to severe, in people who have autism:
People with autism may be over sensitive to sounds, smells, touch, pain or light, finding these things uncomfortable, frightening or painful. Or, being under sensitive to some of these things.
All of these differences can make everyday life challenging.
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Autism is becoming more widely known as a type of neurodiversity on a wide spectrum. Most people on the autism spectrum are very able and capable and may only need adjustment and adaptation to their environments in order to thrive.
An assessment for autism will highlight the individual areas that the person has difficulty with and should be used to develop a plan for supporting them and helping them to thrive in different settings, for example home and school.
It is not uncommon for people with autism to experience mental health difficulties such as anxiety or low mood, due to the challenges they face in their daily environments and trying to cope with their symptoms in a world that does not seem to 'fit' them. Managing anxiety and improving low mood will mean developing a better fitting environment as well as learning skills of emotional fitness.
If you have autism or you are waiting for an assessment to see whether you have autism, it can be helpful for you and the people who support you to use the right techniques and strategies. Click on the website and video links below for more information, advice and support.