Autistic people have impairments in three areas: social interaction, communication, and development of imagination. Autism can create a hyper or hypo sensitivity in the senses. Hypersensivity means magnified sensations; soft sounds can be painfully loud to autistic people or some autistic people ignore loud noises as if they are deaf.

Some Characteristics:


  • Language delay.
  • Repetitive language and imitating phrases
  • Difficulty in interpreting eye contact, facial expression and body language
  • Overly literal interpretation of language and text
  • Inability to hold a conversation.


  • Inability to make friends.
  • Inappropriate touching, aggression, and odd greetings.
  • Difficulty understanding the feelings of others
  • Misinterpreting social situations and people.


  • Fixations with certain objects or particular foods.
  • Hand flapping, rocking, walking on tip toes.
  • Self injury
  • Erratic sleeping patterns
  • Desire to keep objects in a specific pattern.

Further information
A Brief History of Autism

Family Support

For further details on the Austism Spectrum Education Team Parent Support Groups, please click here

National Autistic Society Tel: 0808 800 4104

Guide to Improving Gastrointestinal Symptoms among Children with Autism Spectrum

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Autism Resource Guide by

A Guide to Keeping Your Children with Autism Safe

An article relating to gut bacteria and autism:

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Pathfinders for Autism – AS adults


MyAutismTeam – Share experiences with others close to autism