What is autism and how does it affect a person? – a preparatory post to my work experience

What is Autism?

Autism is a lifelong neuro psychological condition, affecting how a person communicates and relates with other people, it also affects how they perceive the world. Autism is a spectrum condition, meaning that whilst all autistic people share certain difficulties, their condition affects them in different ways. The three main areas of difficulty which all people with autism share are; difficulty with social communication, difficulty with social interaction and difficulty with social imagination.

‘Autism’ comes from the Greek word “autos,” meaning “self.” The term describes conditions in which a person is removed from social interaction – hence, an isolated self. Currently there is no known cause of autism. It is a complex condition, and may occur as a result of genetic predisposition, environmental or unknown factors. There is no known ‘cure’ for autism. This does not mean, however, that nothing can be done to help a person with autism. Astonishingly 70% of adults on the spectrum are unable to live independently, of these individuals, 49% live with family members. This can place huge strain on families and has established a need for day care establishments, to provide care for adults with additional needs. These establishments can provide these individuals with a range of skills and activities needed for a more enriching life whilst doing so in a safe, empowering environment. They also give other members of the families opportunities to partake in activities many would consider the ‘norm’, such as employment or taking non affected siblings out. On the 29th and 30th of March I have been given the opportunity to visit one such establishment, which I hope will give an insight into the challenges of caring for someone on the spectrum.



– http://www.autism.org.uk/about.aspx

– http://iancommunity.org/cs/articles/adults_with_asds_where_are_they_now

– http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Autistic-spectrum-disorder/Pages/Introduction.aspx




Hello world!

This blog will map my journey to medical school in 2017, within I plan to share stories at the forefront medical science which are of interest to me, and details of my work experience placements. My main medical interest lies in General Practice, this strand of medicine appeals to me because as a GP, you are often the first face someone will see when coming to the health service with a problem, making it your duty to ensure the best possible patient experience.

My interest for medicine was sparked through learning of neuromuscular diseases, and being exposed to these diseases from a young age. Since starting sixth form my interest in medicine has developed incorporating an ethical impetus, stemming from a clinically orientated start point.