The signs of dis­or­der

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

Autism spec­trum dis­or­der (ASD) is the name for a range of con­di­tions, in­clud­ing Asperger syn­drome, that af­fect a per­son’s so­cial in­ter­ac­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, in­ter­ests and be­hav­iour.

In chil­dren with ASD, the symp­toms are present be­fore three years of age, although a di­ag­no­sis can some­times be made after the age of three.

It’s es­ti­mated that about one in ev­ery 100 peo­ple in the UK has ASD.

There’s no cure for ASD, but speech and lan­guage ther­apy, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy, ed­u­ca­tional sup­port, plus a num­ber of other in­ter­ven­tions are avail­able to help chil­dren and par­ents.

Peo­ple with ASD tend to have prob­lems with so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Chil­dren with ASD may also lack aware­ness of, and in­ter­est in, other chil­dren

It can be dif­fi­cult for peo­ple with the con­di­tion to find a job, as they may find the work en­vi­ron­ment too noisy or trav­el­ling to work may be too stress­ful be­cause of the crowds.

Some­one with ASD may have the ca­pac­ity to make some de­ci­sions, such as de­cid­ing what items to buy at the lo­cal shop, but may lack the ca­pac­ity to make other de­ci­sions such as mak­ing de­ci­sions about com­plex fi­nan­cial is­sues.

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