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What is Autism?

According to the National Autistic Society (NAS):

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.

Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways.

Other Names for Autism

Different labels have historically been used to diagnose autism:

– autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
– autism spectrum condition (ASC)
– classic autism
– Kanner autism
– pervasive developmental disorder (PDD)
– high-functioning autism (HFA)
– Asperger syndrome
– Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

This reflects the different diagnostic manuals and tools used, and the different autism profiles presented by individuals.

Read more at the NAS website.

If you want to know more about the autism diagnostic pathway – called the Social Communication Pathway (SCP) – in Manchester, please visit http://manchesterparentcarerforum.org.uk/social-communication-pathway-faqs/.

Below are some of our articles relating to autism:

Autism and Education – Online Post-Diagnostic Groups for Parents/Carers (Secondary)

Educational Psychologists from One Education in Manchester are running free live online half-day training sessions for parents/carers whose children have received an autism diagnosis from one of the following centres over the last two years. The centres are known by the initials SCP. They

Autism and Education – Online Post-Diagnostic Groups for Parents/Carers (Early Years and Primary)

Educational Psychologists from One Education in Manchester are running free live online half-day training sessions for parents/carers whose children have received an autism diagnosis from one of the following centres over the last two years. The centres are known by the initials SCP. They

Autism and Education – Online Post-Diagnostic Groups for Parents/Carers (Secondary)

Educational Psychologists from One Education in Manchester are running free live online half-day training sessions for parents/carers whose children have received an autism diagnosis from one of the following centres over the last two years. The centres are known by the initials SCP. They

Autism and Education – Online Post-Diagnostic Groups for Parents/Carers (Early Years and Primary)

Educational Psychologists from One Education in Manchester are running free live online half-day training sessions for parents/carers whose children have received an autism diagnosis from one of the following centres over the last two years. The centres are known by the initials SCP. They

Salford Autism Exercise Project

This was recently shared to us by a fellow Manchester parent-carer who works with the Salford Autism Exercise Project: We have our last set of swimming sessions starting in January and are currently looking for participants. Your child should be between 7-11 years with a

Under-5 Autism Assessment Pathway Discussion

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) is currently looking to develop a specialist autism team for Early Years (i.e., under-5s). As with the Social Communication Pathway, they are looking to run a pilot, testing out some new ways of working in one area of the

Barnardo’s Recruitment Open Day : Learning Disability and/or Autism Early Intervention and Prevention Service

On Saturday, 25 September 2021, 10am to 2pm, Barnardo's will be holding a Recruitment Open Day at Benchill Children’s Centre in Wythenshawe (M22 4PZ). We are looking for people who have: A passion to support children, young people and families A belief that with the

Research on Autistic Experiences of Covid Lockdown in 2020

A fellow Manchester parent-carer recently shared with us this invitation to get involved with a research study in her university: Hello, My name is Eve Bent and I am a PhD researcher at the University of Salford. I am currently running a study examining the

Social Communication Pathway FAQs

Last March, we held a virtual Question-and-Answer session with the Social Communication Pathway (SCP) Team so that parents and carers can learn more about this new autism assessment pathway in Manchester. A few parents joined us at the session and we were joined by:

Virtual Q&A Regarding Social Communication Pathway

Following last year's approval of the new Social Communication Pathway (SCP) for Manchester, we have been working with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to run a parent/carer session where you will be able to ask questions you may have about this new

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