What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong condition that affects social and communication skills.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder – has anyone heard of this word before?

  • What do you know about Autism Spectrum Disorder?

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Autism Spectrum Disorder Facts

  • Many individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder feel emotions intensely and can be overwhelmed by the emotions of others.

  • Fascinations and routines can be important for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

  • Repetitive behaviour like rocking can help some individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder deal with stress and feel better.

  • Individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder may learn a lot about a topic they like, which could be anything!

  • Most children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder go to mainstream school, while others require support at special schools.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Myths

Knowledge about what Autism Spectrum Disorder is and how we can help people to cope with it has grown enormously in recent years. But there is still much that we do not understand. Here are some myths:

  • Every individual diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder is good at maths, art and music.

  • Stimming (repetitive behaviour like rocking) is bad and should be stopped.

  • Individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder don’t feel emotions.

  • All children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder go to special needs schools.