The cause of autism is not known, however it is clear that children are born with autism and it is definitely not due to immunisation, illness or the result of a difficult birth.
ASD is a lifelong developmental condition and people living with ASD often have difficulties with social interaction, repetitive interests and behaviours and sensory issues.
Every single person with ASD will present differently, which is why the term ‘spectrum’ is used. People with ASD will all experience different challenges, but the vast majority go on to have very “normal” lives, finish their education goals, develop intimate relationships, have children etc.
For parents, because everyone with ASD presents differently, it can be difficult to spot the signs of ASD.