Autistic spectrum disorders (ASD)
ASD describes a particular pattern of difficulties with socialising, communication and behaviour. People diagnosed with ASD often like certain routines, find change difficult and have very specific interests.
It’s called a spectrum disorder because although people with autism all share certain difficulties, these will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism can do a lot on their own, while others need more support. Some people will have normal or above-normal intelligence and this is sometimes called Asperger’s syndrome.
National Autistic Society
Further information about autistic spectrum disorders
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