Autism Spectrum Condition

What is Autism Spectrum Condition?

Autism spectrum condition (ASC) – including Asperger’s syndrome – is a neurodevelopmental disorder. It is a lifelong diagnosis. However, with the right support, people with ASC can lead successful and fulfilling lives.

What are the signs of ASC?

If you have autism, there are particular areas of your life where you are likely to experience barriers:

  • Managing social situations and social interactions
  • Communicating with other people
  • Developing and maintaining social relationships

Additionally, people with ASC may find it hard to cope with changes and rely on extraordinarily strict routines to manage their lives. Some people have very intense interests in particular areas, and dedicate most of their energy and time to pursuing these interests. They might also experience sensory sensitivities (e.g. sensitivity to light, sounds, textures).


Autism diagnostic assessments

If you experience the symptoms above, it would be helpful to explore an autism diagnostic assessment. Head to our neurodevelopmental assessments page for more details.

Frequently asked questions

ASC can manifest in different ways and can impact different areas of a person’s life. If you believe that it is getting in the way of you being happy in life, therapy can help you learn skills for better managing your symptoms.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) can help you learn how to better navigate different situations and relationships and also build skills for self-management.

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Athena Lazaridou

Athena is a Pilates instructor with 8 years’ experience in the field. After completing a Power Pilates Mat Certification in Athens, she went on to complete the Full Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification with Equinox in Kensington.  She has been teaching Pilates at Equinox for the past 6 years in addition to her own private clients who she trains both face to face and virtually.

Athena has a passion for helping people get stronger and fitter as well as helping those recovering from injury regain their strength and mobility.  Over the years, she has worked with athletes to incorporate Pilates into their training and improve performance. Athena has also worked with prenatal and postnatal women who may be experiencing depression or other mental health difficulties and used Pilates to facilitate a positive impact on their mental health.

Athena is very passionate about improving physical and mental well-being and has recently incorporated Sound Healing into her work, as she believes it to be one of the best ways of ‘letting go’ and releasing stale energy whilst increasing greater self-awareness.