Having an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) means that the person has a different way of understanding other people and the world around them. ASC is a lifelong developmental disorder, not an illness or a disease so there is no ‘cure’ but there are many ways that difficulties can be managed.
Here are some of the things you might see, in various combinations and from mild to severe, in people who have ASC:
People with ASC may be overly sensitive to sounds, smells, touch, pain or light, finding these things uncomfortable, frightening or painful. Some people do not appear sensitive to these things at all.
People with ASC can find change and transition (going from one thing to another) hard, so they prefer familiar and strict routines.
These differences that people with ASC may experience can make everyday life overwhelming.
It is important to understand that people with ASC are individuals with thoughts and feelings, talents and strengths just like those without ASC. They deserve the same level of love, care and respect
ASC is relatively common and it is likely that you know someone who has ASC.
People who have ASC may experience the difficulties outlined above in different ways and to different levels. It is important you get to know the individual in order to best help and support them. If you have ASC, it can be helpful to let people know what you find hard so they know how best to help and support you.
As everyday life activities can be challenging and cause stress and anxiety, some people find it helpful to learn ways of managing their anxiety. Check the help section on our website for ‘Anxiety’ and ‘Depression’ for top tips, websites and apps.
If you have a diagnosis of ASC or you are waiting for an assessment to see whether you have ASC, it can be helpful for you and the people who support you to use the techniques and strategies known to help people with ASC manage the difficulties they are experiencing. Click on the website and video links below for more information, advice and support.
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