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Autism and Asperger Syndrome

You can find information about Autism and Asperger Syndrome, and the support available for adults in Suffolk, in the downloadable leaflet on Autism Spectrum Conditions.

Click on the headings below for links to other information and websites.

What is Autism and Asperger Syndrome?

Autistic people see, hear and feel the world in a different way from other people.

While all autistic people share certain difficulties, being autistic will affect people in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities and other conditions. Autistic people may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.

Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.

Read about Autism and Asperger Syndrome on the National Autistic Society website.

Signs and symptoms

Autism is associated with a spectrum of behaviours.  People with Autism might display some, many or none of these associated behaviours as Autism effects everyone who has it differently.  Where a person does display behaviours associated with Autism, there will generally be a reason for this: it can be an attempt to communicate, or a way of coping with a particular situation

Knowing what causes challenging behaviour can help you to develop ways of dealing with it. The National Autistic Society's website contains more information on the signs and symptoms of Autism and Asperger Syndrome.

Why is diagnosis important?

Getting a formal autism diagnosis can mean access to the right support, as well as an explanation for why certain things are so difficult. There are a number of online 'autism tests' but these cannot guarantee accuracy, and they are no replacement for an official diagnosis.

Getting a diagnosis in Suffolk

Find out more about getting a diagnosis if you live in Suffolk on our dedicated page.

Social Services support

We have a dedicated page explaining the support available from Social Services in Suffolk

Support for carers

There are many services and organisations offering support for family carers in Suffolk.

Support groups on InfoLink

Useful resources for people with Autism or Asperger Syndrome and their families. 

Information in easy read

Information for professionals

What you need to know about assessing adults with ASD, the legal framework and statutory guidance, sources of information and training and conferences.

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