Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a range of complex brain development disorders which affect the way an individual interacts with and makes sense of the world. ASD can vary widely from person to person, hence the term ‘autistic spectrum’ to encompass this broad variety. Autism, also called autistic disorder, or classical ASD, is the most severe form and is characterised by the inability to communicate and a greater dependence on care. Also on the spectrum is Aspergers, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Rett’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). In addition, an individual with autism may have an accompanying learning disability such as dyslexia or ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
Autism can affect the individual’s ability to:
- Communicate, both verbally and non-verbally (such as smiling, nodding, eye contact and pointing)
- Read social cues in others, such as gestures and tone of voice
- Share emotions and understand how others think and feel
Those with autism may also have, and need, very set routines as well as repetitive behaviour such as repeating words or actions. Although ASD is a lifelong disability and requires some level of long-term support, with the right structure and approach, symptoms can improve with treatment and with age. A child with ASD can make behavioural progress and develop coping strategies ,which will greatly assist their adult life using ABA as an approach. If your child has been diagnosed with ASD, or you think he/she may have ASD, please do not hesitate to contact us today to see how we can help.
Did you know?
There are over half a million people in the UK with autism.