On World Autism Awareness week, we speak to Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Dimitrios Paschos on the importance of early diagnosis and how to spot the signs of autism in babies and toddlers.
Autism affects more than 1 in 100 people in the UK, according to the National Autistic Society, with an estimated 700,000 people in the UK on the autism spectrum. Statistically, autism is more prevalent in males than females, with a ratio of 5:1 living with the condition in the UK.
It’s a lifelong condition, with no cure however many people develop coping mechanisms to mask and manage the symptoms. Many children with autism grow up to live independent lives, whilst others live with support from family and social services.