Autism is the term used to describe a wide range of conditions on the Autism spectrum. Some children with Autism have severe learning difficulties and are educated in special schools, while others have average, or above average, abilities and are taught in mainstream schools. Those with a higher level of ability are described as having Asperger’s Syndrome or high functioning Autism.
While there is a wide range of differences among children with an Autism, they share common difficulties with:
Interacting socially and appropriately;
Understanding and using language and to communicate;
Thinking imaginatively, enjoying and participating in a range of activities;
Often shown in repetitive and restricted behaviour patterns.
Children with Autism think literally; they find it tiring to communicate and are often confused by the rules that govern social behaviour.