Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people and how they experience the world around them.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Autism (DSM) is characterised by

  • Deficits in social communication and social interaction
  • Restrictive repetitive behaviours and activities​ (including unusual sensory sensitivities)
  • Both components are required for a diagnosis of autism. ​

 

Further information about autism is available via the following sites: Please note that by clicking the links below you are exiting the Middletown Site.

About autism link to http://www.autism.org.uk/about/what-is.aspx

Autism Research http://www.researchautism.net/

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NHS Autism Information http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Autistic-spectrum-disorder