Autism is a developmental disability that is often recognised during early childhood and is a lifelong condition. Autism is characterised by difficulty in social interaction and communication and by restricted or repetitive patterns of behaviour and thought. It affects how a person communicates and sees the world around them.
The causes of autism are still being researched it is thought that there are some genetic factors but this is not pinpointed to a single cause. Autism is spectrum condition and it affects people in different ways. Two people who have a diagnosis of Autism may have very different needs and skills sets.
It is also common for a person with Autism to have an over or underactive response to sensory things for example bright lights, noise, touch, smell, taste and pain.
There is no ‘cure’ for Autism but that does not mean there isn’t anything that can’t be done to improve the persons’ life. We use person-centred approaches to tailor positive behaviour support plans to improve adult’s who live with us.