Autism is a different way of experiencing the world. Autism is also a word which covers a range of conditions, called Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Condition, (including Asperger syndrome). The autistic condition can cause difficulties and impairments, but can also manifest in special skills and abilities. Communication, social and sensory challenges can be experienced to varying degrees and are unique to each person with autism.
Some people with autism are seemingly able to carry on with every-day life, but may become overloaded and physically and psychologically exhausted, by the wealth of ‘sensory experience’. Others can experience difficulties which make every day experiences, hard to participate in. Thus, Autism is a hidden disability.
Autistic spectrum condition challenges can be both disabling and empowering, owing to special skills and personal qualities.
Health conditions linked to Autism:
Useful online resources:
- Ask an Autistic what is Autism?
- Autism Myths and Facts
- What is Autism
- Autism and the police (Hampshire police constabulary)
- Facts & Figures
- Core features
- Exploring Temple Grandin’s Brain
- ‘Neurotribes’ by Steve Silberman
- Autism and Sensory Sensitivity – NAS film
- Genetic Variability in Autism Brains
- Articles on special topics of Autism
- ‘The Mighty’ (stories about the autism spectrum)
- Wunderlist: List/to-do app. It is great for time-management/processing as you can set lists to repeat for things you do often (or even annually), use it to break down larger tasks into smaller ones, set reminders & dates for things – & postpone them if things don’t go to plan! There is a subscription version, but the free version is very good.
- Pacifica: Stress & Anxiety. Again, loads out there doing similar things. This one seems to be founded on solid CBT & mindfulness principles and also has everythkng in one – i.e. incorporates mood/habit trackers, plus mindfulness content, plus CBT content/exercises, plus chat forums without needing a separate app for each. There is a free or a paid-for version.
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