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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) is an umbrella term that covers everyone with conditions within the spectrum of autism. ASD is a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour.

People with an ASD are likely to have difficulty in understanding the communication and language of others and also in communicating themselves. Many people with ASD are delayed in learning to speak and some do not develop speech.

People with an ASD have difficulty in understanding the social behaviour of others and can behave in socially inappropriate ways. People with ASDs are very literal in how they think and how they interpret language and social context.

People with an ASD tend to have special interests in particular topics or activities, which they may pursue obsessively.

Some people with ASDs are either very sensitive or very insensitive to certain sounds, sights, tastes, smells and textures. This can affect their responses to things like clothes, food or noise.

The main features of ASDs usually start in childhood, although the impact of these may not be apparent until adolescence or even adulthood.

Find out more

  • Child Autism - support and advice for people that think their child may have autism
  • National Autistic Society has information about Autism and related conditions
  • NHS Choices - information and guidance about ASD
  • AutAngel - a community interest company run by and for autistic people
We all have times when life’s problems affect our mental health. Maybe you are feeling down and need a safe space to chat, or you would like to meet new people or try something different? This website lists over 100 groups in and around Camden, many offering free or low-cost activities. While some will help with a specific problem, others offer everyday activities to encourage us all to get out and about. Why not find what appeals to you. You can make a list of the groups that are of interest with ‘My Shortlist’.  
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