Welcome to our Autism Spectrum Disorder Page
What is Autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. People with ASD often have problems with social communication and interaction, and restricted or repetitive behaviours or interests. People with ASD may also have different ways of learning, moving, or paying attention.
More than one in 100 people are on the autism spectrum and there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK.
Autism is a spectrum condition and affects people in different ways. Like all people, autistic people have their own strengths and weaknesses.
How to support your child
There are many things you can do to help a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) overcome their challenges.
- Build on your child’s interests.
- Offer a predictable schedule.
- Teach tasks as a series of simple steps.
- Actively engage your child’s attention in highly structured activities.
- Provide regular reinforcement of behavior.
- Involve the parents.
Communication and interaction tips for ASD
- Be patient. …
- Teach the child how to express anger without being too aggressive. …
- Be persistent but resilient. …
- Always stay positive. …
- Ignore irritating attention-getting behavior. …
- Interact through physical activity. …
- Be affectionate and respectful. …
Show your love and interest.
Each logo below will take you to website that will support you and your child with their diagnosis of ASD.
Did you know? You can see if you can get support by applying for disability allowance.
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Click below image to take you to further information about Chris Packham
“The greatest discomfort for autistic people can be the social one. For me, I was confused by the way people behaved.”
Chris Packham, CBE and National Autistic Society Ambassador