What is Autism?

Autism is a life-long condition and affects around 700,000 people in the UK – more than 1 in 100. It relates to how people see and react to the world around them. Some people on the Autistic spectrum may find it hard to interact with others. They may also have heightened senses, i.e. sensitivity to sight, noise, and taste.

People on the autistic spectrum may become fixated on particular interests and prefer a structured routine. This can make changes in circumstances and conditions stressful. Anxiety is highly prevalent in people with autism.

Children with autism can also have many strengths. These can often include being able to produce highly accurate work, having a good eye for detail and having an excellent memory. Some people on the spectrum may be good at numbers and patterns.