Associated conditions

See FAQ menu for more associated conditions.

 Mental health

The National Autistic Societhas a page about mental health and autism.      Click page icon to view.      Also, Autistica has produced a help sheet about autism and mental health.

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More specifically

NHS reforms

The NHS Transforming care agenda has been aiming to support autistic children and adults in the community rather than inappropriate inpatient units.      Click icon to read about it.

  Demand avoidance

Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) is a profile that describes those whose main characteristic is to avoid everyday demands and expectations to an extreme extent.      Click icon for the National autistic society page.   

 PDA society

Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) is part of the autism spectrum.         Click page icon on the left for PDA society website.

See also: Support strategies from the PDA society.       Click Facebook icon for the PDA support group – a large Facebook group.

Demand avoidance sounds similar to Oppositional defiance, so what is the difference?      Have a look at Parenting strategies and look for the Lisa Atkin heading.       See also: Sue Larkey.   

Executive Functioning

Executive functions are the brain’s self-management system.        Problems with executive function can be linked to autistic traits in later life.      Here is an Options help sheet.       It starts with James at school.

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Tourette’s syndrome is a condition that causes a person to make involuntary sounds and movements called tics.       See introduction

Swallowing difficulties

Click icon to view help sheet for people with Autism about Dysphagia by a speech and language therapist.       

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See also

For conditions of most interest when a child or young person is developing life skills, click button

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