Autism Spectrum Australia

About the autism spectrum

Autism is a lifelong development condition characterised by difficulties in social interaction, communication, restricted and repetitive interests and behaviours, and sensory sensitivities.

These behaviours often manifest in an intense and focused interest in a particular subject matter; stereotyped body movements like hand flapping and spinning; and an unusual and heightened sensitivity to everyday sounds or textures.

People on the autism spectrum experience difficulties with social interaction and impaired and unusual verbal and non-verbal communication.

The word spectrum reflects the wide range of challenges that people on the spectrum experience and the extent to which they may be affected.  An estimated 1 in 70 Australians are on the autism spectrum; that is around 230,000 people. It is four times more common in boys than girls.

The quality of life for many children and adults can be significantly improved by an early diagnosis and appropriate evidence informed treatment.

Aspect supports people on the spectrum and their families by providing information, education and a variety of services aimed at meeting the specific needs of each individual.

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About the autism spectrum