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Autism spectrum disorder: clinical review

Autism spectrum disorder: clinical review

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Clinical Review

Time to Complete

1.5 hours


July 26, 2017


May 4, 2018

Programme Description

This article discusses common presentations, core features and behaviours that may suggest a diagnosis of ASD, and evidence-based interventions. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include identifying co-occurring conditions such as ADHD, and discussing outlook with patients and families.

Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Identify signs that may indicate a diagnosis of ASD
  • Be aware of commonly co-occurring conditions such as ADHD, dyspraxia and sleep disorders
  • Signpost families to support
  • Discuss evidence-based interventions with patients and families
  • Readers' comments

    ‘Excellent concise interesting summary.’

    ‘Reminded me of what characteristics to look out for.’

    ‘Very good content and updated my knowledge.’


    Activity authors
    Dr Carole Buckley
    GP and autism champion for the RCGP

    Richard Mills
    Research director, Research Autism London
    Honorary research fellow, Centre for applied autism research, University of Bath
    For more information about Research Autism, go to

    Test author
    MIMS Learning Editor


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1.5 learning credits (1.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


    Hardware and Software Requirements
    • A computer with an internet connection
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
    • Additional Software: Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML 5 capable browser maybe required for video or audio playback. PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader may occasionally be required