Autism is described by The National Autistic Society as 'a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them'.
Autism is a spectrum condition, meaning that no two people with autism will be affected in the same way, despite sharing many of the same difficulties. Some people with autism will have associated learning disabilities or mental health issues.
The main things that all people with autism do share (to different degrees) is difficulties with the following:
- SOCIAL COMMUNICATION - interpreting both verbal and non-verbal language like gestures or tone of voice; understanding jokes and sarcasm; understanding common phrases and sayings.
- SOCIAL INTERACTION - 'reading' other people - recognising or understanding others' feelings and intentions - and expressing their own emotions; understanding norms of social contexts.
- SOCIAL IMAGINATION - understanding and interpreting other people's thoughts, feelings and actions; difficulty predicting what will, or what could, happen next; understanding the concept of danger; engage in imaginative play and activities; prepare for change and plan for the future; coping in new or unfamiliar situations.
Autism assessments can be undertaken either in my premises or in your own home depending on your preference. Please feel free to contact me regarding assessment details including length of assessment and costings.