“Autism is a lifelong, developmental condition that affects the way a person communicates, interacts and processes information. People with autism may also have a learning disability but it can also affect people of average to high intellectual ability.

Some people will have more subtle difficulties where others will have complex needs requiring more intensive support. Whilst autism can result in a whole range of challenges, people on the spectrum also have potential, skills, abilities and talents.

Autism impacts on a number of key areas: social communication and interaction, information and sensory processing and the ability to adapt thinking and behaviour depending on the context.”

Understanding Autism
www.understandautism.org/

Websites

Some national Autism websites offering courses, expertise and information for parents and carers of young people with ASD.

New Struan School

The National Autistic Society

Understand autism

Scottish Autism

Right Click is an online programme parents can sign up for run by Scottish Autism. More details available at Scottish Autism right-click