Autism has been known by many different names. These include High Functioning Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Condition etc.
Since May 2013, all forms of Autism have been recognised as a single term called Autism Spectrum Disorder according to the new classification system called DSM-5. This is the term most commonly used by many clinicians in UK as well.
Autism is developmental condition which affects the way a child socialises and communicates. They may have rigid thought processes and or repetitive behaviours. No two children on the Autism spectrum are the same in their presentation. There is a spectrum pf presentation. Autism is not always easy to recognise particularly in girls and teenagers.
A lot of children and young people are misunderstood and parents are often blamed for the child's behaviours. Families have felt let down by school's as they are also unable to understand the child. Some children struggle with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression before they are even considered to have Autism
It is believed that Autism affects 1 in 100 children . However data from US have suggests that it is even more common than that.