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

Literal thinking

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

Deep focus

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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Autism in Children | York, Manchester, Online

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