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Autistic Children

Volume 888: debated on Thursday 13 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many children are diagnosed as autistic in Scotland.

Autism is not a clearly differentiated handicap and is not one of the nine handicaps statutorily defined as requiring special educational treatment. No comprehensive information is available about the number of children with autistic symptoms, though provision is made for children with severe communication difficulties in special schools, junior occupational centres and other special units.