What is ASD?
ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, is a developmental disorder. The most common areas somebody with ASD might struggle are social interactions, sensory processing and repetitive patterns.
As cliche as the phrase ‘when you’ve met one child with autism, you’ve met one child with autism’ sounds, is true! I have yet to find two autistic people who would have the same strengths and struggles, to the same degrees. There are common characteristics among those with the condition but each individual is completely different.
An autistic individual will view the world differently. They may struggle in areas which come naturally to those not on the spectrum. However, it can also give them enormous strengths because of their different view of the world.
AsIAm, Irelands National Autism Charity, has a great example on their website of how it can feel to be autistic. It’s titled ‘Experiencing Autism’, I will link it here: https://asiam.ie/about-autism/what-is-autism/