Autism is a lifelong condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour.
Autism is on a spectrum and is often called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). This means that even though children and young people with ASD have the same type of difficulties some of them are more affected by the level of their difficulties than others.
People with autism may also be affected by other conditions as well as ASD.
There are a number of services in Hounslow to support children, young people and their families.