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Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a term used to describe a range of disorders that affect the development of social interaction and imagination.

Asperger Syndrome is a form of autism which affects the way you communicate and relate to others.

If you care for someone with ASD they struggle to make sense of experiences and other people's thoughts and feelings, and difficulty in acquiring the subtle, unspoken rules of social interaction.

To help cope with the responsibility of caring for someone with autism try getting in touch with other carers who are in a similar position. Hearing about somebody else's child displaying the same symptoms as yours could really help you to realise that you're not alone, especially at the beginning when these feelings can be common.

Get in touch with your local carer service to see if they run a group for carers who look after someone with autism, or for parent carers. They will also be able to put you in touch with local parent groups. 

You may also find these websites helpful:

Sharon's story - Carers Trust Scotland

Sharon cares for her son who has autism. She shares her story about the issues she has had and the support she has received from her local carers centre.

Videos from The National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society also have a wide range of videos about Autism on YouTube.  These are a just a few:

Could you stand the rejection

Video to help employers better understand autism, the person and what to do.

Can you make it to the end? 

How is a shopping trip could feel if you have autism.

Next review due: June 2017