Living With ASD Workshop
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a condition that affects a person’s ability to interact with the world around them. ASD has wide-ranging levels of severity and varying characteristics. No two people on the autism spectrum are alike.
The term autism spectrum disorder includes autism, Asperger’s syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PPD-NOS).
ASD is a neuro-developmental disability thought to have neurological or genetic causes (or both). However, the cause is not yet fully understood and there is no cure. A person on the autism spectrum has difficulties in some areas of their development, but other skills may develop typically. ASD affects around 1 in 100 to 1 in 110 people of school age, with males being around four times more likely to be affected than females.
People on the autism spectrum have difficulties in the two main areas of:
Social communication and interaction
Restricted or repetitive behaviours, interests and activities.