Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

What is autism?

Autistic people may act in a different way to other people

Autistic people may:

  • find it hard to communicate and interact with other people

  • find it hard to understand how other people think or feel

  • find things like bright lights or loud noises overwhelming, stressful or uncomfortable

  • get anxious or upset about unfamiliar situations and social events

  • take longer to understand information

  • do or think the same things over and over


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How autism can affect you and your family

Having an autistic child can put a lot of strain on you and your family. You might need to spend a lot of time helping your child get the support they need. This can be very stressful and exhausting. It may be hard to make time for the rest of your family and can affect your relationships with each other. If you feel you need help, you can get support from lots of places.

Where to get support

Friends and family

Telling people close to you about your or your child's autism diagnosis can help them understand what this means.

They may be able to help with:

  • everyday things so you have more time to focus on yourself or your child

  • emotional support


National charities

National Autistic Society

For parents of autistic children, young autistic people and autistic adults.

  • Call: 0808 800 4104 (Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm, Friday 9am to 3pm)

  • Website:


Ambitious about Autism

For autistic children and young people, their parents and carers.