- Communication and interaction, e.g. a child can say many words but rarely asks for things they need or shares their experiences. Or they may have an unusual pattern of language development or no language at all. They may interact with others very little, or they may interact in their ‘own way’.
- Behaviour and flexibility of thinking, e.g. a child may insist on things being done the same way, be very controlling, show unusual reactions to sound, taste, smell or have intense interests and a lack of varied pretend play.
ASC can look different in girls and can be harder to detect. This is thought to be because girls are more likely to have developed ways to ‘cover’ for their social difficulties. In Islington we have a special interest and expertise in the assessment of girls on the spectrum.