What is autism?

Autism is a developmental disability. It affects how a person relates to and communicates with other people, as well as how they make sense of the world around them.

It is a spectrum condition. This means that although all people with autism have certain difficulties in common, the symptoms and characteristics can occur in a wide variety of combinations and range from mild to severe.

About autism

Difficulties with autism SHOW

Getting your child diagnosed with autism SHOW

Autism misconceptions SHOW

Supporting children with autism into adulthood SHOW

View further information about autism on the NHS website.

Autism support

Autism Hampshire SHOW

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) SHOW

Local autism directory SHOW

The National Autistic Society SHOW

View our information about help and advice for parents and carers.