Autism is a spectrum disorder which impacts around 70,000 people in the UK. 1 in 100 children in the UK have a diagnosis of autism.
Autism affects 1% of all children, including every race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background.
It’s four times more common among boys than among girls, largely due to the way symptoms present in girls. Girls may be quieter, hide their feelings (masking) and appear to cope better in social situations.
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder may have Speech, Language or Communication Needs (SLCN). This means that autistic children and young people may also have difficulty developing language skills and struggle to understand what others are saying to them.
Children with autism can present a variety of symptoms. Some of these can include:
- Not talking as much as other children or no speech at all
- Repetitive behaviors like hand-flapping, rocking, or jumping
- Repeating words or phrases (echolalia) or repeating parts of dialogue from TV or movies
- Taking things literally and not understanding abstract concepts
- Needing extra time to process information or answer questions
- Not seeming to understand what others are thinking or feeling
- Having problems making eye contact with others
- Having problems making friends or interacting with other children
- May come across as rude or insensitive
- Avoiding eye contact with others
- Not smiling back when you smile at them
- Repetitive movements such as; hand-flapping, rocking, and flicking their fingers
- Constant moving e.g. pacing and “hyper” behaviour
- Extreme sensitivity to touch, light, and sound
- Liking a strict daily routine and getting upset if something disrupts it
- Have difficulty with attention. They may have difficulty focusing and paying attention and moving between activities (particularly ones they really like).
- Very keen interest in certain subjects or activities
If your child has a diagnosis of autism, accurate and early intervention is crucial to ensure they are able to thrive, learn and achieve. It can help their parents, teachers and other professionals to get a better understanding of their child’s needs and how to support them.
At ChatterBug we have our own Autism Assessment Panel, to help provide more support to families seeking specialist autism services. Our panel is a straightforward process which is easy for parents to access.
Our Assessment is carried out by our team of multiple healthcare professionals, and follows the NICE guidelines to provide diagnosis and follow-up treatment options as required.
Every autistic child is different but we have a range of tools to support you and your child to achieve their full potential.
If you have any concerns regarding your child and believe they may be showing signs of Autism, contact us today for further guidance.