The future of autism treatment: 4 recent innovations with transformative potential

Updated: Jan 18, 2019

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how an individual behaves, communicates and interacts with others. It's known as a ‘spectrum’ disorder because there are a wide range of symptoms which can vary in severity, and a person's diagnosis can fall anywhere along that spectrum.

Around 700,000 people in the UK are thought to be on the autism spectrum, and NHS figures from 2015 reveal that 24,000 with learning disabilities or ASD were at risk of admission to hospital.Later figures, from 2017, show that a third of people with autism in hospital had been there for