ASD relates to a range of neurodevelopmental disorders that are present across the entire lifespan. There are common factors seen in the condition but it affects people in different ways.
Some of the common characteristics that can be identified in children and young people are:
Problems and difficulties with social interaction, such
as a lack of understanding and awareness of other people's emotions and feelings.
Impaired language and communication skills, such as delayed language development and an inability to start conversations or take part in them properly.
Unusual patterns of thought and physical behaviour. This includes making repetitive physical movements, such as hand tapping or twisting. Set routines of behaviour may develop and upset can be caused if the routines are broken.
If you are a parent of a child or younger person who you suspect of having an Autistic Spectrum Disorder, please click here
to read about our diagnostic services that are available under Psicon’s Neurodevelopmental Lifespan services.
If your child already has a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Disorder and you would like information on support options for your child or yourself, please click here