This unit covers the definition and prevalence of Autism in the UK. We also explore how autism is diagnosed and the different aspects of the disorder and the terms associated with these aspects.


Autism Definitions & Diagnosis

In the following video, Helen Fores, an autism specialist and founder of Spark Sensory, provides us with a process of diagnosis for autism:



The following graphic contains a number of images and corresponding definitions relevant to Autism. Click the “turn” button at the bottom centre of the image card to reveal the information. Then proceed through the remaining definitions by selecting the blue arrow at the bottom right of each card:




How Common is Autism in the UK?

Statistics below are according the Department for Education, ‘Special Educational Needs, January 2018’ publication

  • Autism affects around 1% of the UK population; approximately 700’000 people. That is around 1 in every 100 people.

  • The DfE (Department for Education) have identified that around 14.5% of all pupils in education have an identified special educational need, out of this amount, around 6% have Autism. 

  • For Pupils who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC) Autism  remains the most common primary type of need; 28.2% of pupils


Lesson One: Knowledge Test


The following section contains a number of questions to provide you with a quick knowledge test to help you retain the information from this module. After answering the question proceed through the remaining questions by selecting the blue arrow at the bottom right of each set of answers:



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