Autism affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people and how they make sense of the world around them.
It is a spectrum, which means that, while all people with autism share certain characteristics, their autism will affect them in different ways.
Some people with autism live totally independent lives, while others may have accompanying needs which require a lifetime of specialist support.
People with autism may also experience over or under sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.
For more information
on Autism go to the NAS website
Aspergers Syndrome is a form of Autism even though it is no longer an individual diagnosis but comes under the Autism Spectrum.
People with Aspergers are often of average or above average intelligence. They 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.