Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. In children with ASD, the symptoms are present before three years of age, although a diagnosis can sometimes be made after the age of three. It's estimated that about 1 in every 100 people (across Children and Adults) have ASD in the UK. More boys are diagnosed with the condition than girls.
Hounslow may have a number of residents with ASD who are not known to specialist services. Further work is needed to develop GPs awareness and improve services.