The signs of disorder
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.