This e-learning module produced by the Royal College of Psychiatrists will help you to identify the features of autism particularly in children with normal intelligence.
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder and has a biological basis which is present at birth.
There is a classic triad of symptoms relating to:
- lack of reciprocal social interaction
- impairment in the use of language for social communicative purposes
- behavioural manifestations that encompass motor stereotypies, restricted interests and routines.
In recent years autism specialists have come to recognise that there are many children with characteristics of autism who have intelligence within the normal range.