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  • Autism SA Info Line
    1300 AUTISM
    (1300 288 476)
    1300 288 476

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the term used to describe a condition that affects development of an individual across their lifespan.  

Social communication, restricted interests and behaviours and sensory processing differences are the main areas of development affected.

The term 'spectrum' is used to indicate that no two people with ASD are the same. The differences depend on the combinations of social ability, communication level, cognitive ability (IQ), age, personality and many other factors.

This is why it is important to ensure that support and intervention is individualised to get the best possible outcomes and get the most out of life.

Each person with ASD is unique and has both strengths and difficulties. Helping someone with ASD begins with acceptance, knowledge and understanding of ASD and the individual.

How can you help?

 You can:

  • Use clear and simple language
  • List events sequentially
  • Give one instruction at a time
  • Take time to listen and communicate
  • Warn of changes or transitions
  • Simplify the environment where possible
  • Offer a quiet space

 How can Autism SA Help?

Autism SA can provide information, support and training:

You can call  Info Line 1300 AUTISM with any questions, visit Frequently Asked Questions About ASD or download the What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Brochure.

Useful Factsheets:

Could It Be Autism Spectrum Disorder?

A Guide to Services and Support in South Australia