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.

Find out more about autism.


Looking after a family member or friend who has autism can take its toll on you. It’s really important that you get support and advice about how to take care of yourself so that you are able to be the mother, father, sister, brother, grandparent or friend that you want to be. Contact the BANES Carers Centre for an informal discussion about the support you can get.

Find out about the National Autistic Society’s Avon Branch support group for parents and carers of adults with autism.

To find out whether you have an autistic spectrum disorder, talk to your GP. Ask them  to refer you to BASS in B&NES who will be able to help you and your partner and family.

If you have been diagnosed, you can get more information, advice and support from the Sirona Autistic Spectrum Management Service.

Have a look at this easy read leaflet for people who think they may have autism

Read this useful leaflet about autism in adults 

Find out more about autism.