Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), sometimes called Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), is a lifelong spectrum condition which affects people in different ways and is caused by differences in the brain. People with ASD may have difficulties with social communication and interaction, repetitive and restrictive behaviour, under- or over-sensitivity to light, sound, taste or touch, highly focused interests, anxiety, meltdowns and shutdowns. The most recent government autism prevalence survey suggested that approximately 1% of the population has autism, but it is likely that the real figure may be higher, as many people are undiagnosed. Watch a video explaining autism here.
ASD strengths include great attention to detail, strong long-term memory, deep concentration, tenacity, integrity, creativity, methodical, innovative, heightened observation and visual skills. Some people with ASD excel in academic areas such as maths, engineering and science due to their strengths in technical and logical subjects and abilities to accurately memorise large amounts of information. Read more about the positives of ASD here.
For more information about ASD, see the links below.
National Autistic Society
NAS Surrey Branch - here you can download the form to access the stepping up to Autism course.
Please speak to your class teacher if you have any questions or concerns about your child and their progress.