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Autism and Asperger’s syndrome (AS) are autism spectrum disorders. Affected children have difficulty understanding and interacting with other people, problems with communication, and unusual behaviour. Symptom severity varies widely. AS, a complex syndrome but at the milder end of the spectrum, is the autistic disorder most often seen in clinical practice. Careful management can do much to improve quality of life.
National Autistic Society https://www.autism.org.uk
NICE CG128. Autism spectrum disorder in under 19s: recognition, referral and diagnosis; 2011 (updated 2017). https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg128
NICE CG142. Autism spectrum disorder in adults: diagnosis and management; 2012 (updated 2016) https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg142
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