People with an autism spectrum condition (ASC) may find the following three areas challenging:
1. Talking to and understanding other people
2. Making and keeping friends
3. Coping with change and change in routine
They may also have:
- different perceptions of sound, touch, sight, smell and balance
- difficulties in planning and organising
Autism and the related Aspergers Syndrome, are part of a range of conditions that can cause difficulties with communication and social skills. The range of conditions are known as autism spectrum conditions (ASC).
Symptoms of ASC are grouped into three broad categories:
- difficulties with social interaction like a lack of awareness of other people’s emotions and feelings.
- impaired communication skills like delayed language development and an inability to start conversations and take part in them.
- Unusual thought patterns and behaviour. This includes making repetitive physical movements like hand tapping and having very set routines.