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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder, often shortened to Autism, is a neurodevelopmental condition that impacts on child development in a number of key areas, including communication, social interaction and repetitive patterns of behaviour. Autism is also frequently associated with sensory sensitivities and sensory processing difficulties.

While Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex lifelong developmental disability, with appropriate intervention children and adults with Autism can make significant progress and live fulfilling lives. Consequently, it is imperative that individuals with Autism have access to specialist services that understand their needs and are experienced in developing their skills and strengths. 

How many people have Autism in Australia?

Approximately one in every 160 to one in every 100 children in Australia is diagnosed with the condition.

Recent research tells us that 0.5 percent (115,400 people) in Australia have been diagnosed with Autism. (Source: ABS Autism in Australia 2012). Also, in Australia boys are four times more likely to have Autism than girls, similar to the United States of America where boys are four and a half times more likely.

 

Initially we had concerns about Paige’s behaviour when it came to playing with other children or just being around other kids. As the weeks went on Paige showed significant steps forward in confidence, playfulness and joy, which we had never seen outside of our own home.

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