What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

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.

Watch video clip

CAMHS consultant –  Johan Redelinghuys explains Autism, the symptoms and treatments in this short video clip.

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