Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger's Syndrome

Autism is described as a spectrum condition. Asperger Syndrome is a form of Autism and a higher level of the Autism spectrum.


What is Autism Spectrum Disorder 

Autism is a life long developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people. Through our knowledge and experience we know that Autism affects how people make sense of the world around them. Whilst people with Autism share some difficulties, it is a spectrum condition. This means it will affect people differently. 

People with Autism are often labelled. If you have Autism you may: 

  • Have varying degrees of learning disabilities
  • Have difficulty with communication, interaction and imagination
  • Have delayed language development causing difficulty in speaking
  • Find it hard to understand and process verbal and nonverbal language
  • Find security in structure and routines 
  • Have special interests
  • Be affected by over or under sensitive senses, such as sight, sound, touch and texture

What is Asperger Syndrome 

Asperger Syndrome is a form of Autism which is described as a spectrum condition. Asperger's is a higher level of the Autism spectrum. 

People with Asperger's are often labelled. If you have Asperger's you may:

  • Be particularly good at specific areas of interest
  • Find it difficult with social interaction which may affect meeting people, making friends and maintaining relationships
  • Find it hard to read, process and understand signals like body language, tone of voice and facial expressions. This may cause difficulty with communication, understanding and processing language
  • Not have the learning disabilities associated with Autism, though you may have specific learning difficulties 

How we help adults with Autism and Asperger's 

People with Autism and Asperger's are often labelled generically. We ensure we treat you as an individual.

We do not make assumptions about you. We take into account your likes and dislikes, adapting the environment and our approach to suit. We continuously involve you in your support package. This enables you to do what you want to do. We focus on what you are good at and encourage you to be part of your local community.

It is also important to us that we get your feedback so you can influence how we develop the our services. You can provide feedback here.


Jessica plans for the future

This is Jessica's story about becoming more independent and enjoying life to the max! Although Jessica's story is edited, Jessica was interviewed to help create this article. Highlights of her comments are shared throughout. 

Support for adults with Autism and Asperger's in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Lincolnshire

Whatever your Autism or Asperger's needs, the Augusta Care team is available to help at any time. Reach us:

  • By phone, on our 24 hour helpline 01733 233 725
  • By email, on
  • By text, on 07970 399 498
  • On Twitter or Facebook
  • By arranging a meeting