Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a cognitive processing condition which presents in two main areas:
- Social & Communication.
- Restrictive repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests and activities.
ASD is a lifelong condition. It is unknown exactly why autism occurs, although there has been some genetic and environmental links identified.
Autism is called a “spectrum” disorder because no two people with autism are the same. The range and the severity of impairments vary enormously. We like to refer to it as a spectrum “condition” rather than disorder.
Studies have shown that 1 in every 110 children in Australia receive a diagnosis of ASD.
There is no known cure for autism.