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What is Autism?


Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.


A person with autism may:

  • take things you say literally 
  • have anxiety
  • seem to talk at people instead of sharing a 2-way conversation
  • not be aware of personal space
  • be unable to adapt tone and content of speech to different social situations
  • rarely use hand gestures or facial expressions
  • may have repetitive movements, e.g. hand flapping, finger clicking
  • develop a highly specific interest in a particular subject or activity
  • get upset if routine is changed
  • have sensory processing difficulties
  • avoid eye contact

Useful links


NHS Autism

Autism Education Trust

National Autistic Society