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Autism and Neurodiversity

People with Autism have said that their work can often seem like a mass of people, places and events. This can be a struggle to make sense of, and which can cause them considerable anxiety. It may be difficult for them to communicate, understand and interact with other people. Taking part in everyday family and social life may be harder for people with Autism.

Autistic Spectrum Conditions can mean issues with:

  • social interaction
  • verbal and non verbal communication
  • repetitive behaviours or interests

Adults and children / young people can also experience sensory differences, and respond differently.

The Autistic Spectrum

The autism spectrum includes;

  • Classic Autism, involving associated learning disabilities / difficulties and delay in language
  • Asperger’s
  • Deficits in Attention and Motor Perception (DAMP)
    DAMP also combines with Attention Deficit Hyperkinetic Disorder (ADHD)
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
  • people who do not meet specific criteria for autism or Asperger’s but show symptoms of both ADHD or DCD and are often diagnosed as having Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PPD-NOS)

All people with autism share three main areas of difficulty. However their condition will affect them in very different ways. This is why we use the word spectrum.

Some are able to live everyday lives. Others will need a lifetime of specialist support at different times in their lives. Some may need crisis intervention from time to time.

It can be hard to create awareness of autism. Parents of children and young people with autism often say that other people simply think their child is naughty.  Adults find that they are misunderstood.

Support for Children and Young People

You can find out about support for children and young people by visiting our pages on:

Support for Adults

You can find out about support for adults by visiting our pages on:

Information on getting a diagnosis

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation

If you are or you know someone who is an adult who has a severe learning disability and may have autism, and is under the care of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, they are able to offer a diagnostic service. 

Adult Learning Disability Service

Community Mental Health Service

If you are or you know someone who is an adult who has a severe / enduring mental health need and may have autism, CFT offer a diagnostic service. 

Community Mental Health Service

Outlook South West

If you are or know someone who is an adult who may have autism but does not have a learning disability or a mental health need, Outlook South offer a diagnostic service.

Outlook South West 

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