In school, children have been learning that we are all different, that we all have brains, and that we each interpret what our brain is telling us differently. Children understand that our brain is collecting information about the world around us all of the time.
Of course, the messages are constantly changing as we move around or things change around us.
Children with autism get all of that information, but they are not able to make sense of it all.
Sometimes they are so interested in looking at something that they do not notice what else is going on around them.
It is hard for that person to learn to communicate and to understand what is happening in the world around them.
About 1 in 100 children have some difficulties with communication and interactions with other people which fit into the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Only a few of them have severe problems.
here are two videos that can support your child to understand Autism - look them up on YouTube.
Amazing things happen - KS1
BBC My autism and me - KS2