Autism and Asperger's Syndrome
Autism is a developmental condition, sometimes referred to as autistic spectrum condition. Asperger's is a type of Autism.
In this section
- What is Autism and Asperger's Syndrome?
- Where can I get help with diagnosis?
- What support is available to me?
- What local activities are there for people with autism?
Sometimes referred to as autistic spectrum condition, autism is a lifelong, developmental condition that affects how a person relates to and communicates with other people, and the way in which they experience the world around them.
Autism used to be considered a condition that mostly affected boys but there is now a large increase in females being diagnosed as late as their 30s and 40s.
Asperger's is a type of Autism.
This video (made by the Amazing Autism Project) will explain a little bit about Autism. Press the play icon to watch it.
A diagnosis is the formal identification of autism by a health professional, such as a paediatrician or psychiatrist.
If you think you or your child may be on the Autistic Spectrum, follow these steps.
- Make a list of the reasons why you think you or your child may be autistic.
- If you think your child might be autistic, talk to your child's school, ask for their views and if they have information that might also indicate your chlid has Autism.
- Make an appointment to discuss your thoughts and the information with your GP.
If your GP agrees, they will make a referral to the Child Development Centre and/or relevant health professionals.
Information on benefits/entitlements, workshops and training, support available to you and your family/carer(s) can be found in our Care and Support Directory.
The following links are for national organisation that can provide further information.
- Asperger's Syndrome Foundation
Provides advice, information and training.
Provides research-based, outcomes-focussed services for people with learning disabilities and autism. They also offer vital specialist services including sector leading Positive Behaviour Support alongside supported living and residential care. They give details of autism-friendly environments in your area including cinemas and libraries.
- The National Autistic Society
Provides information, support and pioneering services and campaigns for a better world for people with autism (including Asperger's syndrome) and their families.
In Hillingdon, there are various activities that are specifically designed for people with autism.