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Autism and Asperger’s

People with Autism look at the world differently and interact and communicate with people differently too.

People with autism may:

  • find it hard to communicate and interact with other people
  • find it hard to understand how other people think or feel
  • find things like bright lights or loud noises overwhelming, stressful or uncomfortable
  • get anxious or upset about unfamiliar situations and social events
  • take longer to understand information
  • do or think the same things over and over

Being autistic does not mean you have an illness. It means your brain works in a different way from other people.

If you are autistic, you are autistic your whole life.

Autism is not a medical condition with treatments or a "cure". But some people need support to help them with certain things.

Asperger’s is a term used to describe people with Autism that may be highly intelligent.

Here is a video about Autism.

Amazing Things Happen by Alexander Amelines.

The following videos are from a talk by Dr Rachel Hussey delivered to families and children who were waiting for an autism assessment at the Canterbury Pilot Autism Awareness event in February 2020.



Emotional regulation and relationships

There is a Kent handbook available for families with information about Autism.

View handbook

You can find more information and support from:


The National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society are the UK's leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families. They provide support, guidance and advice.

They have a range of telephone and email helpline services available. Please follow the link below to view their Help and Support page which has further information and contact details for these services:

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Kent Autistic Trust

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Kent County Council Information for families about autism and ADHD

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