Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder, is a neurodevelopmental condition which, according to the National Autistic Society, affects just over 1% of the UK population. However, it’s one of a number of neurological conditions that are much more common in adopted children than in the general population.

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The ability to form healthy attachments is vital for a child’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual development. In the early months the foundations of attachment are laid down through the interactions that the child has with their mother and other consistent carers.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

FASD is a condition that may occur when a foetus is exposed to alcohol prenatally. Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (PAE) can occur at any point during the pregnancy, including before the pregnancy is detected. The FASD Hub, managed by Adoption UK contains lots of useful information, training and support for anyone affected by this condition including carers/parents, young people and professionals.

FASD Hub Factsheets


Sensory Processing Disorder (SD)

Some people struggle to interpret all the data their brains are getting through their senses. This is known as sensory processing disorder (SPD). It’s thought about one in twenty people may be affected by problems with sensory processing. The prevalence is higher in people with conditions like ASD, ADHD and FASD and so you may find it helpful to read our separate factsheets about these too.

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