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Autism

WSUN provides a wide variety of support to autistic people.

What is it?

Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) covers a wide variety of needs and difficulties.

The diagnostic criteria include ‘persistent difficulties with’ :

Social Imagination – People with autism can have difficulty with:

  • understanding other people’s thoughts, feelings and actions
  • predicting ‘What could happen next?’
  • sense of danger
  • difficulties with imagination, however this must be confused with lack of imagination/creativity as some people with autism can have a particular talent.
  • change 
  • unfamiliar situations

Social Communication and Social Relationships- Socialising and communicating can be challenging for many autistic people. Many want to make friends and form relationships but find it hard. People with Autism may have difficulty with;

  • reading social cues
  • knowing when to speak or listen
  • interpreting facial expressions

People with an Autism spectrum condition also frequently have other medical conditions (co-morbid) or difficulties:

  • Sensory issues (over or under-sensitive)
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia, discalcula)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Executive Functioning (This includes actions such as planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, verbal reasoning, inhibition, mental flexibility and switching between tasks,

Diagnosis

Many adults are diagnosed by services such as WADS, including an increasing number of women. ASC presents differently in women, and this has only been recognised relatively recently. Changes in diagnostic criteria, and a lack of general awareness of Autism Spectrum Conditions, has meant that a large number of adults with ASC have not been diagnosed, and struggle with daily life, hiding or masking their symptoms.
The National Autistic Society (NAS) estimate that over 700,000 people in the UK have autism – that’s just over 1% of the population.


Page last updated: February 25th, 2019 at 5:21 pm