Oct 11 2017

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Autism Spectrum Australia

What is autism?

Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects, among other things, the way an individual relates to his or her environment and their interaction with other people.

The word ‘spectrum’ describes the range of difficulties that people on the autism spectrum may experience and the degree to which they may be affected. Some people may be able to live relatively normal lives, while others may have an accompanying learning challenges and require continued specialist support.

The main areas of difficulty are in social communication, social interaction and restricted or repetitive behaviours and interests.

People on the autism spectrum may also have:

  • unusual sensory interests such as sniffing objects or staring intently at moving objects
  • sensory sensitivities including avoiding everyday sounds and textures such as hair dryers, vacuum cleaners and sand
  • intellectual impairment or learning difficulties

An estimated one in 100 people has autism; that’s almost 230,000 Australians. Autism affects almost four times as many boys than girls.
For an interesting read on the perceived increase in the prevlence and/or diagnosis of Autism, click here to read a Blog by Vicki Gibbs, Aspect National Manager of Research and Assessments.

Looking for more information? Download our quick guide to autism.

“ I don t feel like the daily struggles of adults with Asperger s are well understood. I fight through (and hide, as best I can) a relentless struggle. I often feel like I just can t keep going. ” Miriam, aged 30

Related research

All research evidence supports that early intervention makes a significant difference for children with autism.

Getting the news that your child has autism can be confronting, and families need help to be able to support their child, explains Aspect Senior Manager Early Intervention, Rachel Kerslake.”

Download Aspect Practice Conversations 5 newsletter and podcast which focuses on Early Intervention.

Upcoming related events

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 – 9:00am to 3:30pm

Aspect Practice is pleased to offer a highly interactive,full day, Basic Key Word Sign WorkshopKey Word Sign is a method of using sign and gesture in conjunction with speech.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Aspect Practice would like to invite you to attend a specialized workshop focusing on the wellbeing of carers of children with autism.

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