Autism Parents Support
For Parents and Carers BY Parents and Carers
We are a group of parents and carers, not medical experts. Always access professional medical advice if you are in any doubt for your child.
What is Autism?
Autistic Spectrum conditions are characterised by deficits in social interaction,
verbal and non-
and can present with unusual responses. The word spectrum is used because, while all people with
autism share three main areas of difficulty, their condition will affect them in very different ways.
Some are able to live relatively everyday lives, others will require a lifetime of specialist support at
Different times in their lives and may need crisis intervention from time to time. It can be hard to
create awareness of Autism, parents of children with autism often say that other people simply think
their child is naughty while adults find that they are misunderstood and often ostracised.
Autistic people say that their world can seem like a mass of people, places and events that they struggle
to make sense of, which can cause them considerable anxiety. In particular, understanding and relating to
other people, taking part in everyday family and social life is often harder for them. Other people appear to
know, intuitively, how to communicate and interact with each other and some people with Autism wonder
(and are confused) why they are different.
It is unusual to tell that someone has Autism just by looking at them. Because of this, it is often called a
‘hidden disability’. Autism lasts for all of a person's life, but they can still do a lot of things and learn a lot of
skills. It is called a ‘Spectrum’ condition because people with the condition vary immensely in the severity of
symptoms. However, many people with autism can find these things difficult:
Not everyone with autism will find these things difficult. This is because everyone with Autism is different.
What causes autism?
No one truly knows -
inching closer to answers -
cause and thus, no single answer! But please understand this -
you are a bad parent. YOU DID NOT CAUSE YOUR CHILD’S AUTISM!
More than one person in a family may have Autism and it appears it can be genetic. (This means
Autism can pass from parents to their children). Again, no one yet fully understands the
complexities of how this all works!