What Is Autism

 What is Autism? What Are the Symptoms of Autism? Is There an Autism Test?

All of the above are perfectly normal questions, especially if you or someone you know has just received a diagnosis or are searching the internet for answers.

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are characterised by communication difficulties, social challenges and usually repetitive behaviors. Whilst you may feel the ASD spectrum is a straight line from ‘not autistic’ to ‘severly autistic’ this is ABSOLUTELY not the case.
A comic by Rebecca Burgess, a freelance comic artist, describes the ASD spectrum perfectly. If you want to see Rebecca’s full comic strip regarding the spectrum, click HERE.
Autism symptoms and their severity vary hugely which is why it is called a spectrum. No two autistic people are the same. While autism is a life-long condition, all children and adults benefit from strategies, support and therapies that can increase life skills and abilities.
Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome affects both children and adults, and adults will have had this their entire lives as it is not something you grow in or out of.
For more information on ASD you can check out the NHS website HERE.
Cheshire East also have a fantastic amount of online resources for both parents/carers and professionals. Have a browse HERE.
Strategies & Approaches
There are many approaches, therapies and interventions for improving the lives of autistic people. No two people are the same, so choosing the right ones for you or the person you support can be a challenge. You can find information on strategies and approaches on National Autistic Society’s website HERE.
Medication, Behavioural Intervention, Therapy, Alternative Communication, Alternative Medicine are all different types of interventions and each one has it’s own benefits. To find out more on each subject, why not have a look Research Autism’s website HERE.