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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, sharing in the experience of others can help to relieve the pressure. Hearing about somebody else's child displaying the same symptoms as yours, for example, could help you to realise that you're not alone, especially at the beginning when these feelings can be common.

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.