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For Autism, the READ codes used on the template are

READ code
E140.  Infantile Autism
Eu840  [X] Childhood Autism

Childhood Autism is a World Health Organisation international classification of diseases term which includes autism/autism spectrum disorder/Asperger syndrome in adults, as well as these conditions in children, recognising that onset was in childhood.

Indicators of autistic spectrum disorder include long-standing problems out of keeping with the person’s overall level of ability in all the areas of:

• Impaired reciprocal social interaction (e.g. limited eye to eye gaze; limited feelings for others; difficulty making relationships or lack of interest in relationships).

• Impaired receptive or expressive language as used in social communication (includes abnormal use of language).

• Lack of empathy (e.g. abnormal responses to other people’s emotions; unable to see things from other person’s point-of view; lack of imaginative play / “let’s pretend”).

• Restrictive, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behaviour, interests and activities (e.g. unusual attachments to objects; touches, smells, tastes things inappropriately; repetitive behaviours such as hand flapping, spinning, tiptoe walking; rituals; unable to cope with change in routine).

• The local learning disabilities service can assess for autism, and can provide management advice.