Autism

Autism is defined as a lifelong condition that affects how a PERSON communicates with, and relates to, other people.

Description

Autism is a DISABILITY.

Autism  is defined as a lifelong condition that affects how a PERSON  communicates with, and relates to, other people. Autism  also affects how a PERSON  makes sense of the world around them.

The three main areas of difficulty, which all people with Autism  share, are known as the 'triad of impairments'. They are

  • difficulty with social communication (e.g. problems using and understanding verbal and non-verbal language, such as gestures, facial expressions and tone of voice)

  • difficulty with social interaction (e.g. problems in recognising and understanding other people's feelings and managing their own feelings)

  • difficulty with social imagination (e.g. problems in understanding and predicting other people's intentions and behaviour and imagining situations outside their own routine)

For further information on Autism, see the:

Also Known As

This NHS business definition is also known by these names:

Context Alias
Also known as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Formerly Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Where Used

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NHS Business Definition Autism Service references in description Autism
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Data Element MENTAL HEALTH ADMITTED PATIENT CLASSIFICATION references in description Autism
Attribute MENTAL HEALTH ADMITTED PATIENT CLASSIFICATION references in description Autism
NHS Business Definition Mental Health Service references in description Autism
Data Set Mental Health Services Data Set references in description Autism
Data Element OTHER REASON FOR REFERRAL (MENTAL HEALTH) references in description Autism
Data Element PRIMARY REASON FOR REFERRAL (MENTAL HEALTH) references in description Autism
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Supporting Information Transforming Care references in description Autism