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Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a social communication disorder which can be diagnosed by a Community Paediatrician after a period of investigation.  Autism is a complex condition which can vary greatly in presentation from child to child.  Autism can be diagnosed in children with a wide range of cognitive abilities.  A referral can be made to the Community Paediatric Department by the GP or school.  Before a referral will be accepted, the Department will need evidence that parents have undertaken a parenting course and have received the support of a Family Worker.  This is necessary to rule out any other underlying causes for presenting issues.


The NHS have a very helpful page which defines Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) available here: