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Autism spec­trum dis­or­der is a con­di­tion that af­fects so­cial in­ter­ac­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, in­ter­ests and be­hav­iour.

Although symp­toms may be present be­fore the age of three, di­ag­no­sis can some­times be made af­ter that age.

Around one in ev­ery 100 peo­ple in the UK has ASD with more boys be­ing di­ag­nosed with the con­di­tion than girls.

In early child­hood some chil­dren with ASD do not bab­ble or use other vo­cal sounds while some older chil­dren have prob­lems us­ing non-ver­bal be­hav­iours to in­ter­act with oth­ers.

They can also find it hard to un­der­stand other peo­ple’s emo­tions and feel­ings and have dif­fi­culty strik­ing up or tak­ing part in con­ver­sa­tions.

Some chil­dren with ASD pre­fer to stick to the same rou­tine and lit­tle changes may trig­ger tantrums.

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