=
Please review and correct the information below.

Autism

About Autism

Autism is a lifelong developmental condition, sometimes referred to as Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). Many people with ASC will share some difficulties but it will affect them in different ways.
Asperger syndrome is a form of autism.
Some people with ASC may also have other conditions This may include a learning disability or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
Further information:
• You can find detailed information about autism on the The National Autistic Society website.
• You can use the e-learning module Introduction to Autism to find out more about Autism and Asperger Syndrome.

Difficulties faced by people with autism

ASC will affect people in different ways. But people with autism share four main areas of difficulty:
Social communication – they have difficulty understanding facial expressions or tone of voice. They can take common phrases or sayings like “It's raining cats and dogs” literally.
Social interaction – they have difficulty making friends. They do not understand the rules of social contact.
Social imagination – they have difficulty understanding and interpreting thoughts, feelings and actions of others. They can also find it hard to predict what will happen next. This makes it challenging for them to prepare for change and plan for the future.
Sensory processing & integration - they are likely to have difficulty in sensory processing. This is the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate responses. This affects emotions and the ability to perform certain tasks and manage behavioural and emotional responses. They may also present sensory seeking or sensory avoiding behaviour.

Getting a diagnosis

A diagnosis is the formal identification of autism. This will be by a health professional such as a paediatrician or psychiatrist.
Having a diagnosis is helpful for two reasons:
• It helps people with autism, and their families, to understand why they may experience certain difficulties and what they can do about them.
• It enables people to access services and support.
Your GP can refer you to the free Hampshire Diagnostic Service.
You can find out more about diagnosis on the NHS website.

Staying safe from crime or abuse

See the information in our Protecting adults at risk section.

Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board (HSAB) has a website. This has useful information for people who may experience or be at risk of experiencing abuse, their families and carers.  This includes easy read guidance about keeping safe. and mate crime.

"Mate crime" is the exploitation, abuse or theft from any vulnerable person by those they consider to be their friends. Those that commit such abuse or theft are often referred to as 'fake friends'. Mate crime is most prevalent when the victim suffers with a mental disability and is especially common when that disability is Autism or Asperger’s. Hampshire police offer guidance on how to prevent and deal with hate crime or mate crime.

Information and support

National

The National Autistic Society
Autism Alliance
Autistic UK

Local

Autism Hampshire
Autism Hampshire provides a range of services for people with autism and their families.
They provide the Local Autism Directory. This has local services including support groups, advocacy groups and social and leisure activities 
You can also find out more about Community Access Projects

The Hampshire Autism Partnership Board (HAPB)
The HAPB was set up in 2010, in response to the Government’s National Autism Strategy. Its role is to address the issues specific to autism in Hampshire. 

Fifty per cent of people with autism also have a learning disability. This can make autism harder to recognise and understand. The HAPB links closely to the work of the Hampshire Learning Disability Partnership Board.

Hampshire County Council
Services for children and adults have different approaches and criteria. This is because of the different needs and the different social and legal expectations.
Find out about adult support from the Council and their partners. This includes the Hampshire Autism Partnership Board.
People with Autistic Spectrum Condition can register as disabled with Hampshire County Council.
To find out about children's support services please visit the Hampshire Local Offer website.

Last reviewed: 21/04/2016

Report this page

Close window

You can use this form to register any query or complaint you may have about this website or any of the content within it. Simply fill in the details below and this will be sent directly to us to investigate. We will always try and respond within one working day.

Page Reference: Autism

However if you have further concerns about internet safety and would like further independent advice, please select the CEOP button below.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre Internet Safety
Helpdesk Icon

Need help?

Close window

If you need help using shop4support call the shop4support Helpdesk on
0333 600 6330 or email info@shop4support.com

If you have a question about social care, please contact your council.
Find out who your council is here.

Disclaimer

Whilst every care has been taken in the compilation of this information, neither Hampshire County Council nor shop4support will be held responsible for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of using the site Read full disclaimer.

Whilst every care has been taken in the compilation of this information, neither Hampshire County Council nor Shop4support will be held responsible for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of using the site and of any inaccuracy or error within these pages. Connect to Support Hampshire allows you to search for products and services provided by suppliers so that you can find out what support is available. Please let us know if any information found on these pages is inaccurate by using the Feedback button.

Hampshire County Council is not accrediting or recommending any of the products, companies or organisations listed on this website.

Feedback

Close window
Fill out my online form.

Comment on this page

Site feedback