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People with autism or Asperger syndrome may appear to behave unusually. There will generally be a reason for this: it can be an attempt to communicate, or a way of coping with a particular situation.

Knowing what causes challenging behaviour can help you to develop ways of dealing with it. You’ll find practical information and tips in this section.

Two boys covering their ears

Adults with sensory toys

Sensory differences

Autistic people may experience some form of sensory sensitivity. We offer strategies that can help.
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Behaviour guidelines

Minimising the difficulties that social situations, unstructured time and sensory issues can present.

Man in shed

Obsession, repetition, routine

Why obsessions, repetitive behaviour and routines may be important to people with autism and how you can respond to them.
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Anxiety in autistic adults

Spotting symptoms of anxiety with suggestions for reducing or removing the sources of anxiety. 
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Behaviour: common questions

Answers to some of the common behaviour-related questions received by our Autism Helpline.
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Organising, prioritising

Difficulties with organising, sequencing and prioritising can make planning and time management a challenge.
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Challenging behaviour

Advice on responding to some of the challenging behaviour difficulties experienced by autistic people.

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Preparing for change

Autistic people can find any kind of change difficult but there are many things you can do to support them.

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Sometimes, autistic people get overwhelmed. Find out what causes meltdowns and how you can help.

Autism Helpline Number: 0808 800 4104
Last updated: 15/04/2016 13:14:28