Autistic Spectrum Disorder

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

Description

Autistic Spectrum Disorder is a DISABILITY.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder  is defined as a lifelong condition that affects how a PERSON  communicates with, and relates to, other people. Autistic Spectrum Disorder  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 Autistic Spectrum Disorder, see the:

Also Known As

This NHS business definition is also known by these names:

Context Alias
Also known as Autism
Plural Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Where Used

Type Link How used
NHS Business Definition Autistic Spectrum Disorder references in description Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Data Element CARE PROFESSIONAL SERVICE OR TEAM TYPE ASSOCIATION (MENTAL HEALTH) references in description Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attribute MENTAL HEALTH ADMITTED PATIENT CLASSIFICATION references in description Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Data Element MENTAL HEALTH ADMITTED PATIENT CLASSIFICATION references in description Autistic Spectrum Disorder
NHS Business Definition Mental Health Service references in description Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Data Set Mental Health Services Data Set references in description Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attribute SERVICE OR TEAM TYPE FOR MENTAL HEALTH references in description Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Data Element SERVICE OR TEAM TYPE REFERRED TO (MENTAL HEALTH) references in description Autistic Spectrum Disorder