10 things you need to know about Autistic Spectrum Disorders in children
Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are often difficult to understand and diagnose. We take a look some of the key things to know about them and how they could affect your child.
- Autism affects the ability and desire to connect with other people
- Some children have difficulties alongside their autism, which may affect their education and their overall emotional and social development
- Most children with autism look as ‘normal' as any other child though their behaviour and possibly their speech may make them seem different
- Some children with autism are not diagnosed for a while, as the symptoms of autism are not always clear-cut
- Autistic children can have serious communication difficulties and often this only becomes clear as they emerge from babyhood
- Although there is no actual cure for autism, aspects of the condition can be managed in different ways
- Interventions for children with autism range from communication-based approaches such as PECS (Pictorial Exchange Communication System) to more traditional techniques
- It's estimated that there are more than half a million people in the UK with autistic spectrum disorders
- Boys are four times more likely than girls to develop an ASD
- 21% of children with an autistic spectrum disorder have been excluded from school at least once
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