What is Autism

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Simple Definition of Autism

We know that you are busy and since we are pioneers in autism and aspergers understanding as well as an autism-led organisation, we cannot tell you everything we know about autism on this page.

Think about every single human trait or sense. From hearing and smell (over-sensitive to under-sensitive), to attention span and problem-solving skills (excellent to poor).

Even the most obscure traits such as facial recognition skills (or little or no skills), the ability to understand animal behaviour (or not) and being able to sense when there is going to be a storm vs being surprised when it suddenly starts to rain. 

All these traits are found in the general population and most people have certain traits to a certain extent, therefore falling within a general range of “normal”. For example, most of the population are ok at problem solving, ok at recognising faces and relatively ok at sensing the changes in weather.

However, everybody is quirky.

This means that everybody in the world (including you) will have the odd few traits or senses which you just cannot rely on, or instead are well over-developed.

This is where Autism comes in.

An autistic person usually has more of these traits, which fall on the outside of ‘normal’ and has them to more of an extreme.

Other relevant traits include interest/focus, desire to connect, and desire to fit in. These, among others are often known as autism or aspergers traits.

So what?

It is not hard to see how somebody who has far more quirky traits, to a much larger extreme (in either direction) than “normal”, can find it difficult fitting in with the rest of the world.  

Because of this, misunderstandings often happen between autistic and non-autistic people. We call these Aspie Incidents, hence, our business name Aspiedent.

But it is also the case that non-autistic people tend not to understand autistic people very well either. The only way to get along is for both to make adjustments in order to meet somewhere in the middle.

Aspiedent CIC, directed by autistic genius and social entrepreneur Dr Elizabeth Guest (BSc, PhD, PGCHE), is an autism and neurodiversity training and consultancy company that is extremely passionate about building bridges between autistic and not autistic people. We reject the idea that one side should go all the way to understand the other. In fact, we believe that this is not even possible.

This means that when we help you improve company diversity and inclusion by embracing autism or neurodiversity, we stay realistic. We can help you do the right things, one step at a time, and feel comfortable and confident about doing it.

We know that management of people is not easy. We spend a great deal of our time working and interacting with autistic adults. We can therefore share our experiences with you.

We also invented our pioneering employee profiling tool which underpins all our services. This tool helps you to solve any autism or neurodiversity related HR problems (including inclusive recruitment) and can genuinely increase your inclusion, equality, diversity and CSR in a sustainable way.

Take a look at our services.


It was open and honest. I thought it was helpful the presenter has autism; it makes it more unfamiliar. Also feel this will improve my personal life; not just professionally.

Investment Consultant


Explains why people may react/behave a certain way in the workplace - could be on the spectrum, may need to make changes to how we communicate.

Recruitment & Training Manager