Autism is a term used to describe a neurological difference in brain development that has a marked effect on how a person develops. It affects the way that a person communicates, interacts and experiences the world.
It is estimated that one in 100 people are autistic and there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK.
Getting a diagnosis
To get a diagnosis of autism you need to go to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). This is provided through the NHS and you can be referred by your GP or your child’s school. CAMHS provides assessment and treatment services to children and young people aged 0-18 years where there are concerns about their behaviour or emotional wellbeing.