Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour.
In children with ASD, the symptoms are present before three years of age, although a diagnosis can sometimes be made after the age of three.
It's estimated that about 1 in every 100 people in the UK has ASD. More boys are diagnosed with the condition than girls.
There's no "cure" for ASD, but speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, educational support, plus a number of other interventions are available to help children and parents.
Help and Support locally.
If your child is under 5 please contact your GP or your health visitor or Speech and Language Therapist if you have one. Your child's language, social communication and interaction will be assessed and the child may be referred on to the Complex Communication Diagnostic Service if needed. This can be reached through getting in contact with the Bromley Phoenix Children's Resource Centre.
For children over 5, please contact your GP or SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator) at school. An assessment is likely to be made on the child's language, social communication and interaction. The child may be referred on to the Complex Communication Diagnostic Service if needed.
Burgess Autistic Trust
For many parents, families and children the period between first approaching a GP to discuss a child’s development and the completion of a full assessment of need and a diagnosis can be a confusing and frustrating time. Burgess Autistic Trust offer support for families who are on the Autistic Spectrum Disorder / Complex Communication Diagnostic Service assessment and diagnosis pathway. Please get in contact via the Burgess Autistic Trust Website.
For additional information please see NHS Choices website. The links are below:
or find more information at the National Autistic Society Website.
Local Service care pathway: