Autism Spectrum Disorder and young people
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that can be identified from early
childhood onwards and can affect a person throughout their life. The cause is unknown, and there’s no specific medical or genetic test to diagnose it. Instead, diagnosis is based on the presence of: particular patterns of social communication and interaction, restricted interests, and rigid routines, repetitive
behaviour (e.g., lining up objects) or repetitive speech.