Each person with autism is a unique individual. They have their own set of strengths, personal preferences, socio-economic background, family background (including culture and beliefs) and the severity and presentation of their autism varies greatly.
This website is designed to introduce key issues facing individuals with autism during the “middle years” of pre and early adolescence. It is not intended to be an exhaustive resource but rather a “key” with which to unlock understanding of the unique strengths and challenges of autism during this age range.
Key Areas of Difference
People with autism have key differences in the areas of social communication and social interaction, behaviour and information processing which are characterised by sensory sensitivities, fixated interests and repetitive behaviour. Read Key Areas of Difference
Common Challenges in the Middle Years
An important transition that faces most young people with autism during the middle years is the transition to secondary education. Read the middle years Read Common Challenges in the Middle Years