Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over- or under sensitivity to sounds, touch, smells, light or colours.

Strengths

  • Close attention to detail
  • Excellent memory
  • Thorough and persistent
  • Meticulous about routines, rules and accuracy
  • High level of concentration
  • Technical ability, such as in IT
  • Consistent, accurate and precise
  • Enjoyment of repetitive tasks
  • Detailed factual knowledge
  • Ability to identify errors and spot patterns
  • Reliable and conscientious
  • Special interests