Autistic Spectrum Condition

Overview of ASC

Around one in 100 people have ASC (Autistic Spectrum Condition), which is also sometimes known as Asperger Syndrome (AS). It is often found alongside SpLDs such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD. ASC typically involves challenges with:  

  • social interaction and communication 
  • restricted and repetitive interests 
  • sensory overload 
  • anxiety. 

There are also many positives associated with ASC, including: 

  • deep focus and attention to detail 
  • good analytical skills and ability to spot patterns 
  • creative, innovative thinking 
  • integrity, determination and tolerance. 

Common challenges faced by students with ASC

  • Learning information which is not explicitly taught.  
  • Transferring skills and knowledge from one situation to another.  
  • Picking up unwritten social rules when interacting with tutors and peers. 
  • Difficulty interpreting ambiguous and open assignment briefs correctly. 
  • Uncertainty about how to plan studies or how long to spend on a given task. 
  • The social skills necessary for group work, such as turn taking and negotiation.  
  • Last minute changes to schedules or plans.  
  • Difficulty tolerating background noise, lighting, crowding and other sensory elements.  

Find out more

Support group

'The Social Connection' is a student-led Instagram community for neuro-diverse, shy or just socially-anxious Falmouth and Exeter students who want to connect with others.

Diagnostic information and online screener

ASC can only be diagnosed by a medical professional.

See the NHS page on ‘Signs of autism in adults’ and the National Autistic Society’s ‘Diagnostic assessment – a guide for adults who think they might be autistic.’

Clinical Partners offer a free quick 30-question online screening test with automatic scoring.

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