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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Autism are terms used to describe a disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people and the world around them. There are different ways a person can be affected by ASD, but the three main areas of difficulty are known as the 'triad of impairments'. They are:

  • Social interaction (difficulty with social relationships)
  • Social communication (difficulty with verbal and non-verbal communication)
  • Social imagination (repetitive behaviour and/or difficulty predicting results or other people’s reactions)

People with autism may also experience over or under sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.

The Hounslow Guide to services within Hounslow for children and young people can be found in the downloads section.

If you are concerned about your child’s development, or if you notice any of the signs of ASD in your child, speak to your GP or health visitor for more information.