Autism Spectrum Condition in Children
Autism spectrum condition (ASC), is the preferred name for what is formally known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASC is not technically a mental health disorder; it is a neurodevelopmental condition. However, as 70% of people with ASC develop at least one co-occurring mental health issue, and 40% of these will develop more than one, early recognition is key.
ASC in children varies widely, but typically affects three main areas of functioning: communication, social interaction and behaviour.
Autism is not an illness; it is a spectrum condition that will vary across each area and therefore affect each person differently.