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 each of 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-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light and  colours.

Autism currently affects 1 in 100 people in the UK.

There are around 100,000 children with autism in the UK, with around half a million family members directly affected by the condition.

Early intervention, education and support are critical in enabling children and young people with autism to lead fulfilling lives.

12 thoughts on “Autism

  1. Ruth says:

    She is an astonishing, thought-provoking little girl. Her paintings remind me of the Waldorf aesthetic, ethereal and sensitive.

  2. BerrakD says:

    i love these pictures! how gorgeous. you are very blessed as parents. your daughter is so gifted and beautiful:) oh and i love your cat too :))

  3. Ronald Rogers says:

    There is no need to post this comment but it might help other parents of autistic children Since your child may have been seen by every kind of medical specialist I may seem naive. I have a friend with a similar daighter except for the painting .This adorable lovely girl couldnt talk and was very hostile to her loving parents. I had heard ot Omega 3 for children and suggested it ..I was amazed that none of their specialists had suggested this. I have absolutely no connection with any vitamin company but am interested in vitamins supplements etc The father phoned me after a few weeks and asked me round ..his daughter was transformed into a talkative showing off very clever girl very affectionate girl..Omega 3 for children is available from any Boots or Tesco..its not expensive..I you havent tried this I urge you to try it and if sadly it doesnt work for your child tell others in fact all children what this stuff does..I dont think it will change your daughters painting abilities indeed it may enhance them..My best wishes..Incidentally I have written this kind of letter before to people and had rather nasty replies as if I am selling something I am only reporting what I know…I am 79 and look and feel about fifty ..My best wishes to your beautiful and talented daughter

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