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“If you’ve met one person on the autism spectrum, you’ve met one person on the spectrum.”
Professor Stephen Shore

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a group of neurodevelopmental (related to the brain) conditions which affect how people communicate, interact socially, behave and learn.

Autistic people may have:

  • challenges in social situations (for example reading facial expressions, understanding friendship rules and turn-taking)

  • repetitive physical behaviours

  • preferences for routines and structure

  • special, fixated interest in one topic

  • socially unusual reactions to what they see, hear, smell, touch or taste.


Other conditions that may present with ASD:

  • speech and language challenges

  • intellectual disability

  • sleep problems

  • attention problems

  • hyperactivity

  • epilepsy

  • anxiety and depression

  • challenges with fine and gross motor skills.

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