What is Autism?

The clinical model defines autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder, as a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people and the world around them. It can affect body language and posture, social interactions and relationships, how you engage with your interests, and sensory processing capacities. Autism exists in all cultures, ethnicities, races, and gender identities.

If there are concerns with any of these red flags, parents can:

  • Request that their Family Doctor make a referral to a Paediatrician.
  • Have their child assessed by a Speech-Language Pathologist.