4428.0 - Autism in Australia, 2012  
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NEED FOR ASSISTANCE

People with autism needed assistance with a range of activities, with the highest needs in the area of cognitive and emotional tasks and communication (Graph 6). This was consistent with the core restrictions evident in many people with autism spectrum disorders.

Graph 6: All persons with autism, by activities need assistance with - 2012

Additionally, the frequency with which people with autism required this assistance was high. About one-third of people with autism needed assistance with self-care, mobility, or communication on a daily basis (Graph 7). Over half needed assistance with cognitive and behavioural tasks (such as managing relationships or making decisions) on a daily basis. In most instances, assistance was required several times a day. For a description of what is included in each of these activities, please see the Glossary.

Graph 7: All persons with autism, by activities need assistance with, by frequency of need for assistance - 2012