Introduction to the course and its objectives

Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects how individuals perceive and interact with the world around them. It is characterised by challenges in social communication and the presence of restricted and repetitive behaviours. It is important to note that autism is a spectrum, meaning that individuals with autism may exhibit a wide range of abilities and challenges.

Welcome to the “Introduction to Autism” course. In this module, we will provide an overview of autism, its prevalence in the UK, and dispel common misconceptions. By the end of this module, you will have a clearer understanding of what autism is and what it is not.