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