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Fernhurst Primary School

ASC (Autistic Spectrum Condition)

Autism – also known as Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) – is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person interacts and communicates with others. It encompasses a wide range of difficulties, such as cognitive impairment, repetitive activity, sensitivity to sensory input, and learning, emotional or behavioural problems.  

As such, no two people with autism are the same: every individual exhibits their own distinct traits, experiences very different challenges, and has unique abilities and potential.

People with ASC can struggle to interact and socialise, which can mean they prefer to be alone or behave in a way that other people perceive as unusual.  Challenges with communication are extremely common.  Individuals often have difficulties understanding the nuances of conversation, like sarcasm, facial expressions and tone of voice.  Some people with ASC don’t use speech at all.  The support we provide for people with ASC must be tailored to suit them and their specific needs.  At Fernhurst, we build our support around each individual’s capabilities and choices, using a child-centred, relational approach.

Helpful websites to find out more:

The NHS offer advice regarding how to support children in their day to day life with aspects such as communication, anxiety and communication.
The National Autistic Society provide information, support and services to help ensure that those with ASC.

Beyond Autism have a wide range of resources available to support meeting the needs of those with ASC.