Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. It includes Asperger syndrome and childhood autism.
Some people also use the term autism spectrum condition or ‘neurodiverse’ (as opposed to people without autism being ‘neurotypical’).
The main features of ASD typically start to develop in childhood, although the impact of these may not be apparent until there is a significant change in the person’s life, such as a change of school.
In the UK, it's estimated that about one in every 100 people has ASD.
There is no 'cure' for ASD, but a wide range of treatments – including education and behaviour support – can help people with the condition.
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