An autism spectrum disorder is a complex developmental disorder that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them. The term autism spectrum is often used because the condition varies from person to person.
Some people with the condition may also have accompanying learning difficulties, while others are much more able with average or above average ability. Asperger Syndrome is a condition at the more able end of the spectrum.
The key characteristics of an autism spectrum disorder relate to:
- understanding and using speech and non-verbal communication
- impaired social and emotional understanding
- flexibility of thought and behaviour
- differences in sensory perception.
Slough Borough Council website provides details of local groups and information on Autism.