About Autism Spectrum Condition, previously known as Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) is a condition that affects communication, social interaction, interests and behaviour; Asperger’s syndrome and childhood autism are included within this disorder. Many people with this condition also have learning difficulties and may need specialist care and education. This is where West London Community College come in; we are here to make those who have this condition live an independent life.
Another term for the condition is ‘neurodiverse’ (as opposed to people without autism being ‘neurotypical’). Autism is a group of similar disorders with varying degrees of severity, so the term autistic spectrum disorders (ASCs) is often used rather than autism. Autism is actually one form of ASC, other forms include Asperger’s syndrome and Rett syndrome.
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What are the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Condition?
The main symptoms start to develop in childhood from 3 years plus, although the impact of these may not be noticeable until a change in a person’s life such as a change of school.
There are around 700,000 people in the UK with autism – that’s more than 1 in 100. If you include their families, autism touches the lives of 2.7 million people every day.
Autism is a hidden disability, you can’t always tell that someone has it, some symptoms are more severe than others. There are four different groups of symptoms all of which usually occur in children with ASC. Children with Autism Spectrum Condition, previously known as Autism Spectrum Disorder may have the following difficulties:
- Have little or no interest in other people- which can result in not having any real friends
- Distant from others
- Not understanding other people’s emotions, for example not realising when somebody is angry with them
- Prefer being alone
- Restricted and repetitive patterns of thought, physical behaviours and interests.
Children, young people and adults with ASC can also be affected with other health conditions such as anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or depression, but with the right kind of help and support, those suffering with this condition can become independent.
The exact cause of ASC is unknown but research suggests complex genetic and environmental factors are involved. In some cases, an underlying condition may contribute to ASC.
West London Community College offer Autism Specific Services
At West London Community College, we have numerous years’ of experience in helping those who suffer from ASC to lead an independent life. We fulfil an individual’s potential and bring out their passion. Visit our ‘About Us’ page to find out further information on what we offer and how we can change a person’s life.