What is Autistic Spectrum Disorder? (ASD)
ASD is increasingly referred to as autistic spectrum condition (ASC). It 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. It is a lifelong condition, however, the extent to which it impacts on individuals varies and may change over time. Autism is described as a spectrum because the condition varies from person to person; some pupils also have accompanying learning difficulties, while others may have average or above average cognition. Everyone with the condition has difficulty with social interaction, communication, flexibility of thinking as well as sensory differences.