Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support.
The three main areas of difficulty which all people with autism share are sometimes known as the 'triad of impairments'. They are:
Additionally, people with autism may have a love of routines; special interests; and experience over or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.
Autism is part of the autism spectrum and is sometimes referred to as an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or an autism spectrum condition (ASC). There are many other conditions that are also thought to be part of the autism spectrum, these include: high functioning autism; pervasive developmental disorders; atypical autism; and Asperger syndrome.
Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.
You can read more about what autism is and how it affects people on the National Autistic Society Webpage.
Tameside Autism Group (T.A.G.)
Monthly drop in for adults (18+) with Autism Spectrum Disorder. A new group aimed at giving people with Autism Spectrum Disorder the chance to meet and explore areas of common interest and promote greater social confidence. The group will be shaped by those that attend who have already made it clear that they want a relaxed, support focussed group that encourages positivity and inclusion. For more information, please see advert below:
Advice and Support for Parents of Adults with Autism (A.S.P.A.A.)
Another new group aimed at parents of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder but also including partners of those on the spectrum and open to all those who know and/or support family members or friends. The group aims to provide friendship, understanding and sharing with others who might have similar experiences. Please see below for more information.
Tameside Action for Social Communication and Autism Support Group (T.A.S.C.A)
TASCA are a parent run support group for autistic children and their families within Tameside and Glossop area. They have a monthly drop-in coffee morning at Rose Hill Children's Centre in Ashton and monthly evening event at Bizzy Bouncers Play Centre in Hyde, exclusive to tasca children and their siblings. They have recently launched a monthly ’10 up zone’, organise regular trips and outings and host an internet forum.
If would like to know more about autism, current developments in Tameside, or if you have any questions please contact Ged Ratchford – Autism Specialist Nurse.