Children’s Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) support in York, Manchester & online
What is Autism?
Autism is a lifelong difference in the way people interact, think, move, sense and process the world. Autism is not a learning disability or a mental health issue, although they may co-occur.
Autism is often referred to as a spectrum which means that, while all Autistic people share certain characteristics, their differences will manifest in different ways.
Autism can sometimes present differently in girls and boys, and autistic girls may be quieter, and may be described as “shy” and “very well-behaved”. Girls are often more likely to “mask” or “camouflage” their differences or struggles, which can make autism harder to identify.
What are some possible experiences of Autism in younger children?
Inconsistent response to their name (sometimes described as appearing to be “in their own world”)
Avoidance of, or inconsistent, eye contact
May become distressed when in the presence of a certain taste, smell, texture, or sound
Repetitive movements, such as flapping their hands, spinning, flicking their fingers or rocking their body
May have strong preferences for repetitive routines or become highly focused on objects of interest
Not talking as much as other children
Repeating the same phrases
What are some possible experiences of Autism in older children?
Appearing to struggle to understand thoughts/ feelings of others
Finding it hard to identify and express how they feel
Preferring a predictable daily routine and getting very distressed if it changes
Having a very keen intense interest in certain subjects or activities
Finding it hard to make friends (and/or to keep friends) or preferring to be on their own
Differences in communication style that may lead to misunderstandings with others
A sense of not “fitting in” with societal expectations and norms
Heightened sensitivity to the environment that may lead to ‘meltdowns’ and/or ‘shutdowns’
What are some strengths Autistic children and young people can have?
Ability to think concretely
Attention to detail / observational skills
Honesty and straightforwardness
Loyalty in friendships
Strong sense of justice
Thinking outside the box / innovative solutions
Heightened pattern recognition abilities
Here at The Retreat Clinics, we can support your child and your family to make sense of an Autism diagnosis, from assessments to therapeutic support. Our assessment and therapy services are available at our clinic in York and online.
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