Associated conditions

See FAQ menu for more associated conditions.

Mental health

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

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.      new

Executive Functioning

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

For more examples and how to address them read about Josh in this article.


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

  • Tourettes Action website seems to be the go-to place for all things Tourettes.      Click icon on the left to browse.       They have a Find support menu.
  • The Lincolnshire support group meets in Lincoln and Grantham.
  • Discussions :  Netmums        Tourettes & Aspergers
  • Facebook videos might be worth a look.

Swallowing difficulties

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


Autistica has produced a help sheet about autism and epilepsy.       Click icon to view.  See also Epilepsy Action:  Website           Information         Help & support

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These are conditions that are associated with autism and may be of most interest when a child or young person is developing their life skills.