Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism is a word that’s used a lot these days and diagnosis of ASD have increased dramatically over the previous ten years.
The Autism Organisation https://www.autism.org.uk/ state that there are around 700,000 people diagnosed in England, a rate of around every 1 in 100 people.
The Autism Organisation defines Autism as,
‘a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.’
It is important to remember that Autism is a spectrum disorder, and that on this spectrum, individuals will be affected differently There may be some common traits that those with autism share, but those individuals may feel the effects of their autism very differently.
Many parents worry about whether their children will have a learning disability as well as their autism and again, every child is different. What we do know however is that with the right help and support, all children are capable of living a happy, satisfying life, and all are capable of learning and making progress.
For many parents, it is a difficult and long process to begin the exploration of whether their child has autism. Here is the definition taken again from the Autism Organisation
The characteristics of autism vary from one person to another, but in order for a diagnosis to be made, a person will usually be assessed as having had persistent difficulties with social communication and social interaction and restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviours, activities or interests since early childhood, to the extent that these “limit and impair everyday functioning“. Autism Org.
There are many typical behaviours,
- Lack of understanding in social situations
- Not understanding tone/sarcasm
- Very literal understanding of language
- Unable to read facial expressions
- Fixations on certain conversations
- One way speech and conversation, not taking into account what others say
- Echlolalia – repeating what has been said ‘parrot fashion.’
- May be overwhelmed in social situations, appear to need time alone
- Socially awkward
- Seemingly insensitive of others feelings
- Repetitive behaviours
- Highly focussed interests/Obsessions
- Hyper or Hypo sensitivity to sensory input
These commonalities may be present in your child, but remember, this list is not exhaustive and your concerns can always and should always be discussed with a healthcare professional. It may be that your child is monitored as many of these commonalities can also be age appropriate and developmental too.
If you do think there are concerns about your child’s development please reach out to us at
Beautiful New Beginnings
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We are a group of fully qualified SEND teachers supporting parents and children and would welcome you as part of our group