What is Autism?

IANDS - SCT - What is autism? - Introduction
Welcome to the Social Communication Team’s introduction to autism. Here you will find videos we have created to answer some of the questions you might have.
Autistic people can sometimes feel misunderstood. We are committed to promoting autism awareness and acceptance in wider society to:
  • increase everyone’s understanding of the needs of those on the spectrum;
  • to prevent intolerance;
  • to promote reasonable adjustments.
The videos on our pages cover topics and questions we are frequently asked by the families we support after a diagnosis has been given.

We have also provided several links to videos made by other organisations. Some of the videos are made by autistic individuals which help to understand the autistic perspective.

We hope you will find the videos useful in developing your understanding of autism. 

In this first video, we explain what autism is and the features we are looking at when we diagnose children. Click here to access a transcript of this video as a translatable webpage.


Additional information videos

These two videos from The Guardian describe the experiences of two very different children (both with diagnoses of autism) and their families.


Sensory Differences

Many autistic children have sensory differences. This means they may experience sensory information (e.g. touch, sound, smell, taste and sight) differently. For example, they may be under sensitive to certain sensations, and therefore seek out more of them, or over responsive, and therefore feel overwhelmed by them.
This feature is very common among autistic individuals, and in this video, we explain more about it. You can access a transcript of the video below here.  

You can find out more about sensory differences in autism on our 'Sensory Needs' page under 'Advice and Strategies'.

Further questions?

Click on the buttons below to find out more about these topics and questions.

Last updated22 Mar 2024
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