What is Autism
Autism is a major bio-neurological condition seen in nearly 1 million people in the UK alone. This figure is likely much higher due to improving rates of diagnosis. It affects people from all social groups and is found in a particularly large number of boys, four times as many girls. In spite of this it does not have a high profile in mainstream media and the general public seem to have little understanding of the condition.
One reason may be that it describes a “spectrum,” of different symptoms and severity.
Many people with autism, especially those with Asperger’s Syndrome, function well with most tasks and are highly intelligent people but have problems communicating, and feel uncomfortable in social situations.
Others with autism may have cognitive or sensory problems. They may feel very uncomfortable and express frustration when faced with changes from routine or show sensitivity to certain sites, sounds, tastes, smells or heat.
There is no cure for autism, but the correct intervention can help autistic people achieve greater independence and happier, more fulfilling lives.