What Exactly Is Autism?

There are an estimated 700,000 people in the UK on the autistic spectrum, which equates to one in 100 people. So, what exactly is autism?

Autism is a developmental disability that affects certain aspects of behaviour, including interacting with others. It works on a spectrum. This means that while all autistic people share similar traits, they will be affected in different ways and at differing severity.

As autism is considered a ‘hidden’ disability (i.e. no one can tell by looking) it is often misunderstood. According to the National Autistic Society, while 99.5% of people in the UK have heard of autism, only 16% of autistic people and their families feel the public understands how autism affects behaviour.

Counselling Directory have looked at the way autism affects people’s view of the world and the challenges autistic people may face. They will also explore how getting support along the way can help improve quality of life.

In the video below they reached out on social media to ask autistic people and their families, 'what is one thing you wish people knew about autism?' here are their responses:

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