What is Autism?
Within children’s services, we use the following definition from the Autism Education Trust: Autism is a term used to describe a neurological difference in brain development that has a marked effect on how a person develops. There are four areas of difference that are particularly important for staff in schools and educational settings to understand and pay attention to because most pupils with autism will have individual educational needs to be met in these areas. Every child and young person on the autism spectrum will have a range of abilities within each of these areas. Some children and young people on the spectrum may have high levels of anxiety.
Pupils on the autism spectrum have differences in:
- Processing information
- Sensory processing
Autism is known as a spectrum condition because of the range of difficulties which affect people with autism, and also because of the range of ways the difficulties may present in different people.
Please also visit the Solihull Children’s Community Therapies website. They offer children and young people who live in the Solihull area a wide range of therapy services for those that may be experiencing difficulties with communication, physical movement or general everyday activities, or difficulties that may indicate an Autism Spectrum Disorder. All Children’s Community Therapies are based at Chelmsley Wood Primary Care Centre. To contact them, please call their shared admin team on 0121 722 8010.