The first time many of us may have heard about autism was through the theatrical release of Rain Man (1998), or from friends who knew others of the disorder, or for the millennial generation who grew up reading the Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon at school.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that causes social, communication and behavioural challenges but despite this, there is no physical difference with many not even knowing they may be on the spectrum until adulthood. What is different however is the form of communication, interaction and behaviour that people with ASD display. This means some are able to learn, live and work independently, while others may have learning difficulties and health conditions that require support.
Did you know: - There are 700,000 people on the autism spectrum in the UK which is 1 in every 100. This means 2.8 million people are touched by autism every day. - The world can seem unpredictable and confusing, they often prefer to have the same routines for school, work, clothes and food so that they know what is going to happen. - 4.5% of school-aged children were recorded with an autism diagnosis in 2020/2021 with 6.7% being boys and 2.2% being girls. - May experience over or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, taste, smells, light, colours, and temperatures. For example, shopping centers can be overwhelming and cause sensory overload. - Many have highly focused interests that begin at a young age, with some becoming experts in their special interests. For some this could be aerospace dynamics, and for others this could be music. In fact, for those who are not familiar check out our musical talent, Madi Mai, to find out more about how she takes autism in her stride to create music! Want to find out more about our artists? Follow @Instinctive.Behaviour on Insta or sign up to our mailing list to be the first to find out about release dates and more!