Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects the way people perceive their world and interact with others. Although the condition is frequently considered in terms of its deficits, there are also a significant number of positives.
Writing on the Autism Awareness Centre website, its founder, Maureen Bennie, states that these positives include:
- Granular attention to detail
- Deep focus
- Impressive observational skills
- Excellent recall for facts
- Methodological approaches to subjects
- Resilience, tenacity, loyalty, acceptance of difference, and integrity
However, autistic people may also find it hard to communicate and to understand how other people think or feel. They can become anxious in unfamiliar situations and find things like bright lights or loud noises stressful.
Autism is not an illness but it is with the person for life. Some autistic people have mild symptoms and need very little support, whilst others need daily help.
Our quiz is the new Q-CHAT, which stands for Quantitative Checklist for Autism in Toddlers. This is a revised version from the United Kingdom Autism Research Centre in Cambridge.
According to Professor Sir Simon Baron-Cohen, Director of the Autism Research Centre, autism can be screened and diagnosed in children as young as 18 months of age.