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Autism is a spectrum condition that affects how people communicate and interact with the world. According to the National Autistic Society, autism affects 1 in 100 people and there are around 700,000 autistic adults and autistic children in the UK.
It is important to remember that autism is not an illness. It means that your child’s brain works differently to other people’s. The world can be difficult to navigate for autistic children, especially as many communicate differently, struggle with social interactions, and experience sensory difficulties. But although there are things autistic children find difficult, they have lots of strengths, too.
There are some common traits seen in autism, but not every child will have these to the same extent. Every autistic child is different, with their own strengths and challenges, so it’s important for you find what works best for them. You know your child best.
Strengths autistic children can have
Many autistic children have strengths, abilities, and interests that non-autistic children do not have. Here are a few strengths they might have:
- Highly focused interests or hobbies: They can become experts in their special interests and often like to share their knowledge with others