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What is Autism?

Autism covers a wide range of developmental differences, affecting how a person:

  • communicates
  • interacts with others
  • perceives the world

Challenges include:

  • social skills
  • sensory processing
  • flexibility of thought
  • understanding emotions

Autism is a spectrum and is different for each Autistic person.

What Autism actually looks like.








The National Autistic Society created an uplifting video to help you understand. 

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Whilst an Autistic person may find social scenarios challenging. 

An Autistic brain may have greater abilities with:

  • memorising
  • logical thinking
  • attention to detail
  • honesty and reliability
  • perfection and order

Spikey profiles can help you understand these differences in abilities within Autism.

Lastly, here's a Haiku about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

An Autistic mind

Sees the world differently

A beautiful thing

Supporting services 

·       National Autistic Society PDA - a guide for parents and carers

·       PDA society Helpful approaches with PDA – children

·       APTCOO: A Place to Call Our Own is a registered charity based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, providing a wide range of information, advice and access to a flexible menu of specialist support services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) Contact number 01623 629902

·       Autism East Midlands: Autism East Midlands is the largest specialist autism charity in the East Midlands and has been providing support to people affected by autism for over 50 years.



  • CASY Counselling 01636 704620 CASY Provides a confidential counselling service to young people aged from 6 to 25 years within Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire


  • Young Minds is a really useful website which has a lot of information for parents who are worried about the wellbeing of a child. There is a free confidential parents helpline 0808 802 5544  for parents and a useful ‘parents survival guide’.


  • Parentline Text on 07520 619919The texting service is an easy way for parent and carers of children aged 0 – 19 years to confidentially ask for help about a range of issues, such as: feeding and nutrition, child development, parenting advice and support, emotional health and wellbeing, behaviour difficulties, family health.