What is it

Autism is part of a group of disorders that affect a child’s development. These disorders usually become apparent early in life, and continue into adulthood. The term Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is now commonly used to describe autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) which is also known as atypical autism.

Children with ASD demonstrate difficulties across 3 areas of functioning: interacting with others, communicating with others, and interests and behaviours. These children can have a very narrow, or unusual, set of interests; the exhibit behaviours that may be different to other children; and they experience difficulty coping with change. The daily experiences of children with ASD can vary enormously. Some children require high levels of support, lifelong care, and supervision. With help, other children with ASD can learn to function independently.
 

What does it include

A child with ASD may experience significant difficulties in the school environment, particularly in relation to learning and social interactions, and there may also be an impact on the functioning of the family household. Children may require support from a number of health professionals to meet their needs around behaviour, communication, motor skills, sensory preferences, and nutrition. 

How a psychologist can help

References

APS consumer booklet on Autism 

Author

Vanessa Kyle

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