Autistic Spectrum Condition
Autistic people look at the world differently and interact and communicate with people differently too.
Autistic people may:
- experience sensory difficulties that cause overwhelm and dysregulation of the nervous system - therefore, they may find things like bright lights, certain fabrics or loud noises stressful or uncomfortable, and may find different food textures challenging.
- find it hard to communicate and interact with other people
- find it difficult to process their feelings 'in the moment', which can be interpreted as finding it hard to understand how other people think or feel.
- 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 historical term used to describe autistic people with few additional support needs or learning difficulties.
Here is a video about Autism.
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.
There is a Kent handbook available for families with information about Autism.
You can find more information and support from:
The National Autistic Society
The National Autistic Society is the UK's leading charity for autistic people 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:Visit website