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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:

Understanding and Working with the Education System: Post-Diagnostic Workshop (Primary)

This session is delivered by Educational Psychologists and provides all information related to SEN and School.

Autism and Communication Post-Diagnostic Workshop

This session provides information around speech, language and communication, delivered by Speech and Language Therapists.

Autism and Sensory Differences Post-Diagnostic Workshop

Delivered by Occupational Therapists in the team, this session offers information for parents around sensory behaviours and how to support this at home.

Autism and Well-being Post-Diagnostic Workshop

This session discusses information around Autism, Mental Health and well-being delivered by Clinical Psychologists and Mental Health Practitioners.

Understanding and Working with the Education System: Post-Diagnostic Workshop (Secondary)

This session is delivered by Educational Psychologists and provides all information related to SEN and School.

SCP Communication Workshop for Parents/Carers

This session provides information around speech and language and communication, delivered by Speech and Language Therapists.

Autism and Sensory Differences Post-Diagnostic Workshop

Delivered by Occupational Therapists in the team, this session offers information for parents around sensory behaviours and how to support this at home.

Autism and Well-being Post-Diagnostic Workshop

This session discusses information around Autism, Mental Health and well-being delivered by Clinical Psychologists and Mental Health Practitioners.

The Autism Show Manchester

As part of the Autism in Schools project in Manchester, we want parents and carers of neurodivergent children and young people to learn more about autism, meet other parents and carers, and be better able to support the needs of their family. We thus

The Autism Show Manchester

As part of the Autism in Schools project in Manchester, we want parents and carers of neurodivergent children and young people to learn more about autism, meet other parents and carers, and be better able to support the needs of their family. We thus invite