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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 autism 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 on the spectrum is unique and has both strengths and difficulties. Helping someone with autism begins with acceptance, knowledge and understanding of autism 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. Contact our Pathways Consultants for more information on 1300 AUTISM (1300 288 476) or view our training and workshops.