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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

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:

Q&A Regarding the Social Communication Pathway

We are aware that many parents and carers have questions or concerns following the recent changes to the referral system for Manchester's Social Communication Pathway (SCP). This Question-and-Answer (Q&A) session is an opportunity for parents and carers to ask questions about the newly updated

Important Changes to Referrals for the Social Communication Pathway

Please see below a letter explaining some changes to the Social Communication Pathway (SCP) referral process. In summary, the changes are: For Early Years children (aged 3 to 5): The SCP will only accept referrals for those who have had exposure to community group

GM Autism Hub – Consultation with Manchester Parents/Carers

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) have been awarded the role of lead provider around Autism for Greater Manchester (GM). As part of this development, the four diagnostic teams, community learning disability team in CAMHS and the new Intensive Support Team are to be

GMAC Sensory Needs Parent Seminar

This Understanding Sensory Needs parent seminar will be delivered by facilitators from Greater Manchester Autism Consortium. The workshop will cover: sensory processing sensory processing differences in children with autism the senses in detail helping your child with their sensory needs This is a free seminar

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

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 Powerhouse - North and Central Manchester Social Communication Pathway

Autism and Education – Post-Diagnostic Groups for Parents/Carers

Educational Psychologists from One Education in Manchester are running free 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 Powerhouse - North and Central Manchester Social Communication Pathway (SCP) The

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