Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) cover a wide range of difficulties in social interaction and communication, from Asperger’s syndrome to Autism. They are often chatacterised by restricted or repetitive patterns of thought or behaviour. People with ASD can often find it difficult to understand other people’s emotions and feelings. They may have difficulty in participating in conversations and in children with ASD, there may be a delay in speech and language development.
There is no ‘cure’ for autism but speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and educational support together with a number of other interventions are available to help children and parents.
With help, many people with autistic spectrum disorders are able to function well in mainstream life with minimal support; others will require a lot of support on a daily basis.