Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism is a developmental condition that affects how a person interacts with others and the environment. People with Autism experience a range of 'spectrum' of difficulties, to varying degrees, mainly concerning social communication, social interaction and restricted or repetitive behaviours and interests. There may also be unusual sensory processing issues and interests. While they may have areas of particular skills, learning difficulties may coexist. Research indicates that Autism occurs in about one in a hundred people.
Autism is an often misunderstood condition. At out clinic we believe that people with Autism may simply have a different way of processing the world. For the person with Autism, it can be hard work having to think about everything that others may take for granted. It may also be difficult for those who are closest, to have the patience, to understand the person and what Autism means for them, to motivate and facilitate experiential learning with the right mix of structure, discipline and flexibility, to understand the reasons behind the challenges, pre-empting challenges and helping the person develop ways of overcoming those challenges, nurturing strengths and exploring possibilities.
Pragmatics and Social Skills
A person with pragmatic problems may say inappropriate or unrelated things during conversations, tell stories in a disorganized way or have little variety in language use.
The person may have difficulty in using language for a variety of uses such as greeting, informing, requesting, compromising, and expressing emotion.