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The autism spectrum

What is the autism spectrum?

Individuals on the autism spectrum have a life-long neurodevelopmental condition that can affect how they think, feel, interact with others, and experience their environment. The profile, including the abilities of individuals on the autism spectrum vary significantly within this population, and this is why it’s described as a ‘spectrum’.  

We still have a lot to learn about the autism spectrum and there are many misconceptions about it. For example, it’s not a mental health disorder; instead, individuals on the autism spectrum have a diversity in how their brains are wired, which can lend them a unique set of skills and challenges.  

Some recognised skills of people on the autism spectrum can include:  

  • Attention to detail
  • Good rote memory 
  • Straightforward and honest communication
  • Adherence routines when well supported

Individuals on the autism spectrum, however, can also often face social, behavioural, emotional, intellectual, learning, sensory, and motor challenges, and thus can benefit from additional support.  

Support at Curtin

Use the support network at Curtin University to learn about the autism spectrum and how to effectively recognise, harness, and manage autism spectrum-related strengths and challenges. Professional confidentiality is taken seriously at Curtin‘s Psychological and Counselling Services and AccessAbility Services, so any information discussed will remain private unless you or others are in danger or if legally obligated to disclose. 

Additional autism spectrum resources