What are the signs of Autistic Spectrum Disorder?
People with autism have difficulties in three main areas:
In addition, many people with autism have sensory sensitivities. They experience sensory experiences very strongly so that, for example, bright lights, loud noises, certain smells or tastes, the feel of certain fabrics may all be distressing to them.
Asperger's Syndrome is a form of autism where the language aspect is less of a disability. People with Asperger's Syndrome often have good language skills, though their communication with other people will still be impaired because they lack social understanding.
Autism (or ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder) is a lifelong condition.
For more information about the signs of autism, click on the link below.
What might we notice in a child with autism?
This is a difficult area to describe as many of the signs of autism are also common in non-autistic children.
Many of the signs listed below may also not be seen in an autistic child.
Things we might notice include:
None of these signs alone indicates autism, but if many of them are present in a child we may start to wonder about ASD.
The major sign we see in school is usually that the child frequently becomes distressed or angry in situations where most children react less strongly or cope better.