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.
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