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What you should know about autism

Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

This week is Autism Awareness Week. Here are four ways to be involved and educate yourself on the lifelong condition.

We spoke with charities who work directly with people with autism and their families and this is what they want you to know.

Support Dogs

The incredible difference autism assistance dogs can make to children and families affected by autism. Support Dogs are national assistance dog charity the train and provide specialist autism assistance dogs for children with autism.

Tree of Hope

Given the right support with education, health and more broad ‘life’ skills, children with autism grow up to be assets to society through their meticulous, detailed approach to work. Ensuring all children and young people can achieve the best they are able, support MUST start from birth and be suited to individual’s needs.’ Read more about Tree of Hope.

National Autistic Society

People with autism often need extra time to process questions or instructions. They can feel very anxious in social situations. As well as social situations, abrupt changes such as cancellations or delays can also induce anxiety. For some people with autism smells, noise, and bright lights can be distracting. Any combination of these things, or one on their own can trigger a meltdown or shutdown, which can leave the individual emotionally and physically drained. Read more aboutNational Autistic Society


Autistic people experience the world differently – it can bring both challenges and strengths. Research is understanding these experiences so we can build a world that works for everyone. Read more about Autistica.

These are just four pointers. So make sure to check out the charities website and even FQ to learn a little more about autism. You can also take the chance this week to teach your little ones about those who might seem a little different than they are.