Key Areas of Difference

Autism is characterised by observable differences in social communication and behaviour. These observable characteristics emerge from neurological differences in information processing and sensory perception.

If an autistic person is experiencing challenges, understanding these differences is a key factor in providing appropriate and effective support and thus unlocking their potential as productive and aspiring people.

Social Communication

People on the autism spectrum are just as likely as their typically developing peers to enjoy engaging with others in activities that interest them. Difficulties with social communication are however a diagnostic criterion for autism and they present in a spectrum of ways.

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Autistic people have key differences in the areas of behaviour characterised by sensory sensitivities, fixated interests and repetitive behaviour.

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Information processing

To understand how a person on the autism spectrum experiences the world, it is important to understand how he or she processes information.

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Sensory Differences

An autistic person’s sensory experience of the world can have a profound effect on their life.

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