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National Autistic Society (The)

We are the leading UK charity for autistic people (including those with Asperger syndrome) and their families.

We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for autistic people.

Area serviced:
Nationwide
Telephone:
Autism Helpline : 0808 800 4104
Sector:
Public

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Autism is a lifelong developmental disorder that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them. In the great majority of cases, autistic disorders are present from birth or become apparent within the first three years of life. Pe
The various forms of autism are thought to overlap considerably, but the fact that there is wide variation in symptoms among children with autism led to the concept of autism (or autistic) spectrum disorder. Autism seems to be on the rise, and, according to the National Autistic Society, there are over half a million people in the UK with an autism spectrum disorder. It’s unclear, though, whether the growing incidence of autism represents a real increase or just improved detection. Early diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder is important. That’s because detection leads to treatment, and with early treatment, a child with autism can gain improved language and social skills.