Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is the name for a group of similar conditions including autism, atypical autism and Asperger’s syndrome.

The common areas of difficulty which people with autism share are difficulty in making friends, difficulty with language and communication and difficulty with behaviour and using their imagination.

Many people with autism are very creative and may be, for example, accomplished artists, musicians or writers. Albert Einstein is one of the many famous people believed to have had Autism and his theories on relativity changed the way in which we view the world.
Sometimes children can show early signs of ASD and can be diagnosed during their childhood but sometimes it may be diagnosed in teenage years.

If you are worried then talk to someone who understands ASD, like the school nurse or your GP. They will be able to provide you with help and information.

Remember if the person you first speak to does not help or does not believe you then speak to someone else.

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