Autism and Co-existing Conditions
Autism is defined as a neurodevelopmental rather than a mental health condition. This means that it is present from early on in life. It is not an illness but rather a difference in the way that information is processed by the
brain. The way in which autism presents may vary between people and may also change over time. However, it is regarded as a lifelong condition.
Autism spectrum condition affects the way in which people relate to one another and process sensory information. Autistic people tend to engage in repetitive behaviours and may be restricted in their interests. If
there is a good fit between the autistic person and their preferred environment and they have a supportive social network, advantages of the condition may be more prominent than disadvantages. However, for most
autistic people there are challenges that need to be navigated, particularly in the early years when school attendance is required.