Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental condition. It involves difficulties with social communication and social interaction, as well as restricted patterns of behaviour, interests, or activities. It’s estimated that 1 in 100 children have autism. The functional impairment in a child with autism will vary between individuals and can range from mild to severe.
Research demonstrates that early intervention is key in supporting children with their challenging behaviours and ASD symptomatology. As such, early diagnosis and assessment is vital for children presenting with ASD symptoms as this allows for an individualised treatment plan to be catered for them. The assessment process can be conducted for a child at any age.