South lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is raising awareness of ASD as part of World Autism Day on 2 April 2015.
We know that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects at least 700,000 people, or more than 1 in 100 people in the UK. Autism is a lifelong social communication disorder affecting how a person communicates, interacts and relates to other people. Having ASD will affect how the individual sees the world and makes sense of the world around them.
Being a spectrum condition means that, while all people with an autism spectrum condition will share certain key difficulties (social communication and interaction), the way in which each person experiences their condition will be different, and there will be varying levels of how much this will impact on the persons day to day life. People with autism may also experience over or under-sensitivity to their senses. For example; sound, touch, taste, smell, light or colour. It is more common for people who have autism to have a learning disability and / or mental health problem than the general population and, as such, it is important that relevant health and care services are able to understand the condition.
Dr Kevin Hill Chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG said:
“Statistically ASD affects more males than females, however the reason for this remains unclear. If you are worried about the development of your child then contact your local GP surgery. There is no individual test to confirm a diagnosis of ASD, the diagnosis is based on a range of features the child is displaying. Any diagnosis offers an insight into the individuality of your child and in turn gives parents a chance to guide their development and growth.
“If you are an adult and you think you may have ASD then again contact your GP and ask to be referred to a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist. The National Autistic Society website also contains a wealth of information for patients, parents, relatives and carers. Visit http://www.autism.org.uk for more information.
The All-Age Autism Strategy for Lincolnshire will be launched at an event on 2 April at The Auditorium, Alive Conference Centre, Newland, Lincoln, from 10:30am – 5:00pm.
Cllr Mrs Patricia Bradwell, executive member for health, children's and adult's services at Lincolnshire County Council said:
"We will be launching the event with our partners wanted to take the opportunity to really celebrate the strengths of people with autism when we launch the new strategy for Lincolnshire.
"The event is open to all, whether you have lived experience of autism or not. Everyone is welcome to drop-in throughout the day to learn more about the condition from people who are experts – those living with autism, which affects around 6,000 people in our county."