Autistic Spectrum Disorder

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Greta Thunberg refers to her Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) as her “Superpower” and many people have described the way in which being on the autistic spectrum has enabled them to do their job to a high standard and with passion. Some companies positively recruit people on the autistic spectrum as they feel they possess the qualities that make their brand successful. Chris Packham, the TV presenter and naturalist was diagnosed with an ASC in his 40s and has made a fascinating documentary for the BBC – Asperger’s and Me – as well as working as an ambassador for the National Autistic Society.

If You Are Reading This Page. . .

If you are reading this page and considering an assessment for yourself or your child it is likely to be because you recognise some features that are problematic to you in some way. 

Most often people notice difficulties in relationships and friendships and just seem to see the world in a different way to most other people. In children, managing emotions may be challenging and a preoccupation with certain strongly held interests can get in the way of day to day life. It may be difficult and very anxiety provoking to manage changes in routine or other areas of life.

At High View we recognise that every individual is different and that, although we may be looking for some common traits in making a diagnosis of ASC, every individual will need a carefully planned individual assessment that considers both their strengths and their difficulties.

So What is Autism?

An Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) is a neurodevelopmental condition characterised by difficulties with social interaction, communication and restricted and repetitive behaviours and interests. These features are often present from infancy, but may become more noticeable as time goes by. Traits can present differently in each person and may affect daily life in a variety of ways. Whilst such difficulties have been referred to as Asperger’s Syndrome, high or low functioning Autism as well as a range of other labels, the term Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Autistic Spectrum Condition are used most commonly at present.

The features of ASC can be subtle and not be a cause for concern early in life and so individuals with ASC may only become aware of their condition as they develop through adolescence and into adulthood. People may become increasingly aware that they are “different” from other people in a variety of ways – particularly struggling to make sense of interpersonal relationships and social communications. This often becomes evident as people have more interaction with the wider world through school, college, university and the workplace.