What is it?

Autism spectrum disorder, also known as autism, is the name for a group of conditions affecting a person’s communication, social interaction and behaviour. These are called neurodevelopmental disorders.

Autism is known as a “spectrum”, as everyone experiences it differently.
Signs of autism can start as early as a few months after birth. Many children show signs by age three. Autism affects around one in 100 children.

Children with autism may play and behave differently from other children. Some children with autism are gifted. Others may struggle to learn and solve problems.

Researchers still aren’t sure what causes autism. But there is no link between vaccinations and autism.
An early diagnosis and ongoing care will help support your child and family.