Understanding autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (autism) is a lifelong developmental condition that affects the way a person relates to his or her environment and their interaction with other people.

The term 'spectrum' describes the range of difficulties people on the autism spectrum may experience and the degree to which they may be affected. The main areas of difficulty are in social communication, social interaction and restricted or repetitive behaviours and interests.

Facts about autism

An estimated one in 70 people has autism; that’s almost 230,000 Australians. Autism affects almost four times as many boys than girls.

People on the autism spectrum may also have:

  • unusual sensory interests such as sniffing objects or staring intently at moving objects
  • sensitivities to noise including avoiding everyday sounds and textures such as hair dryers and vacuum cleaners
  • intellectual impairment or learning difficulties

What are the symptoms of autism?

Autism describes a cluster of symptoms, where no two people are identical. It is very important to treat people with autism as individuals, and to examine and explore what they can do, and what they are capable of learning.

Everybody with autism is different, but each person with autism has elements of three things in common. These are:

  • Difficulty relating to people, including avoiding eye contact and physical contact
  • Strong interest in a particular item, hobby or skill
  • Repetitive behaviours including clapping or hand flicking

How can CPL help?

No matter where you are on your journey, we are ready to help you achieve your goals. Our services aim to support people to reach their full potential through:  

For more information about how we can support you with autism, visit our services page, call us on 1800 275 753 or send an online enquiry