Autism is a development disorder which can affect the way you think and feel. It is a lifelong condition and it affects how you communicate with and relate to other people. It also affects how you make sense of the world around you. Autism is known as a spectrum so some people are affected by it far more than others.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms can include:
– Difficulty with social communication
– Difficulty with social interaction
– Preferring familiar routines
– Having specific and intense interests in things
– Repetitive movements
How is it treated?
There is no cure for autism but if you have autism, you and your family can be helped with:
– information about autism or Asperger’s syndrome
– managing behavioural difficulties that you may have because of the condition
– developing your social communication and emotional skills
– medication, for some people some educational support either in a special school or in a mainstream school with extra help.
CAMHS consultant – Johan Redelinghuys explains Autism, the symptoms and treatments in this short video clip.