Autistic Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disability where there is a triad of impairments; social communication, social interaction and social imagination. Autism is called a spectrum as, although all individuals will suffer from difficulties in three main areas, their condition will affect them in very different ways. No two people with ASD will have the same difficulties. Asperger’s Syndrome is on the Autistic Spectrum.
Children who are easily distracted, sensitive to light, and oversensitive to normal touching could be hypersensitive. This infographic from a child behavioral issues center in Cincinnati has more information on sensory disorders and their symptoms.
While ADHD and Asperger's appear similar in children, one is a neurobiological disorder and the other falls in the class of Autistic Spectrum Disorders. See the key differences and treatment options of each in this simple infographic.
The National Autistic Society is the UK's leading charity for people affected by autism. We want a world where all people living with autism get to lead the life they choose. We will transform understanding of autism and make sure everyone living with autism gets the support they need.