The National Autistic Society has a fantastic website with many resources to support parents, carers, professionals etc.
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.
Autism affects 1 in 100 people in the UK.
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 difficulties and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over or under sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.
Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger 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.
Recent diagnosis rates suggest four times as many boys as girls have autism. (The Office of National Statistics recently reported a rate of autism of 1% in the population of school-age children. Office of National Statistics (2005).)
Autism specific websites:
We have added some information you might find helpful. Some of this information is for parents/carers and some of it is for you to use with your child in an easy-read format.
For use with students