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
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We get to know what you enjoy, so we can arrange suitable activities and courses
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.
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:
More information about Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger's Syndrome
Resourcesfor adults with Autism and Asperger's
- Cambridgeshire County Council services for people with Austistic spectrum disorders
- Autism Alert Card
- Your Autism magazine
- Talk about Autism forums
- The National Autistic Society forum
- Learning Disability Today's autism resource
- The Autism Show
- Autism Asperger's Digest magazine
- Asperger United magazine