Autism can impact on a person’s communication and social ability, interests and behaviour. Strict routine and avoiding change can be extremely important to someone living with autism and a person living with autism may struggle to understand what someone is thinking or feeling.
Autism is a relatively common occurrence in people living with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC), with estimates that somewhere between one in two and one in four people living with TSC developing autism.
We do not have a clear answer for why autism is significantly more common in people living with TSC compared to people who do not have the condition. However, it is believed that there are changes in how different parts of the brain of someone living with TSC connects and works. It has also been suggested that TSC-related seizures correlate with the likelihood of autism developing. For us to have a concrete answer behind the link between TSC and autism, more research is needed.