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Autism Spectrum Disorder


Autism is part of the autism spectrum and is sometimes referred to as an autism spectrum disorder, or an ASD.

The three main areas of difficulty which all people with autism share are sometimes known as the 'triad of impairments'.

They are:

  • difficulty with social communication;
  • difficulty with social interaction;
  • difficulty with social imagination.

Using Technology

When using technology, children with autism:

  • can learn new skills;
  • are often more motivated;
  • often show better concentration;
  • often initiate more contact with those around them, eg talking to their peers or showing teachers and parents what they have done;
  • can be an expert, make choices and direct their own learning and play;
  • might find ways to regulate their well-being - watching the same YouTube clip over and over might seem pointless, but it might be helping your child to manage their anxiety or just relax.

The Autism Toolbox

The Autism Toolbox is an online resource to support the inclusion of children and young people with autism spectrum disorder in mainstream education services in Scotland.

  • Introduces and describes some of the more common challenges a pupil with autism might face;
  • provides real life case studies from Scottish schools and practical examples of supports that you can translate and use in your own school setting;
  • signposts you to other websites you may find useful.

Useful information

Autism spectrum disorders - A booklet for parents and carers

Created by Scottish Intercollegiate Guidance Networks for medical professionals, it explains:

  • what ASD is;
  • how it is diagnosed;
  • what can help.

There are details of support organisations and other places where you can get more information at the end of the booklet on page 26.

Scottish Autism website

Scottish Autism is an organisation dedicated to enriching the lives of people with autism.

They are the largest provider of autism-specific services in Scotland and a leading authority and advocate for good autism practice. They exist to help those diagnosed with autism to lead full and enriched lives and become valuable members of the community they live in. They also seek to share our knowledge and expertise with parents, carers and other professionals in order to support the development of skills and strategies needed to provide the best care and support for people with autism.

The National Autistic Society website

The leading UK charity for people on the autism spectrum (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services and campaign for a better world with people with autism.

What is it like to have Autism?

14 minute film clip narrated by Rosie who is Autistic.

Helps others to understand the mind of someone on the Autistic Spectrum and how they deal with their feelings. My Autism and Me won a Royal Television Society award.

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