Autism is a developmental disability that affects the way a person processes information. This factsheet helps parents to understand and manage a child with autism, and also provides information on where to find help.

Last updated: 02 June 2014

What is autism?

Autism is a developmental disability that affects the way a person is able to process information. This affects your child's ability to:

  • Understand and use language to communicate
  • Interact socially
  • Understand and respond to activities and objects in the environment
  • Respond to sensory stimuli.
  • Learn.

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Page Updated: Monday 2 June 2014
Contact page owner: Mental Health Branch