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Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)

Definition


Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. Sensory processing difficulties are also now recognised as a significant part of the Autistic continuum. This may mean that they also experience over or under sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours. Autism can be mild or severe and is different for every person.

People with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) have difficulties in three main areas. They are:
  • social communication
  • social interaction
  • social imagination

Notes


People with Autism may have problems with communication, social skills and reacting to the world around them. Not all behaviours will exist in every individual. A diagnosis should be made by a doctor or other professionals with experience in working with people with Autism.

Autism is a spectrum condition which means its effects can be quite variable for different people. Asperger syndrome is one form of ASC which is generally considered to be primarily connected to social development.

How we can help


Our therapists will build up a profile of the individual's communication skills, identifying strengths and areas of need. The person's needs may be associated with ASC or be part of another difficulty.

Our therapists can then provide advice and support to build on strengths and develop strategies to manage and reduce areas of need.

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