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  What is Autism ?
Information on Autism


supplied by The National Autistic Society

Autism
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over or under sensitive to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.


for more information
on Autism go to the NAS website
Aspergers
Aspergers Syndrome is a form of autism.
People with Aspergers syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.
People with Aspergers syndrome can find it harder to read the signals that most of us take for granted. This means they find it more difficult to communicate and interact  with others which can lead to high levels of anxiety and confusion.
Asperger syndrome is mostly a 'hidden disability'. This means that you can't tell that someone has the condition from their outward appearance.
for more information on Aspergers go to the NAS website

mASCot has produced
their own information cards for parents
to use to help inform others about their child's Autism