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    What special needs do children with Autism and Asperger sydrome have?

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    Autism Victoria, trading as Amaze, is a member-based not-for-profit organisation and is the peak body for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in the state of Victoria. View Profile

    Children on the spectrum vary a great deal from one another, so their need for support can range from high to low (or none at all).

    If a child with an ASD does need support, it is often in developing their skills in the areas of communication, social interactions, behaviour, and in managing sensory issues.

    An early diagnosis can mean children can start things like speech therapy early, which helps to build their skills before they start school. A good discussion with the diagnosing clinician or diagnostic team is a great way to find out what the next step is for the individual child.

    Once the child starts school, it can be helpful if the school and their teacher have a positive attitude towards ASDs and some training on how to teach children on the spectrum.

    In terms of ASDs in general, anyone can help someone with an ASD. It all begins with patience, knowledge and understanding. Simplifying communication and instructions may be of benefit. Other ways to help someone with an ASD include taking the time to listen and communicate with the person, minimise any stressful scenarios, read ASD‐related books to help grasp a better picture of the disorder.

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