This term applies to a range of language and communication disorders which overlap. Language development or non-verbal behavior may be disproportionately impaired from one pupil to another. It is difficult to define the exact nature of pupil’s disabilities alongside that of another, and yet they fall within the same continuum. Thus, they are increasingly seen as a pattern of symptoms rather than specific conditions. It may be helpful, however, to distinguish between an autistic pupil with non-verbal or limited verbal communication and a pupil with Asperger’s Syndrome. Characteristically an autistic person may have a high IQ or highly developed skill strength such as music or art. You may find the following questions helpful in identifying or working with a pupil with autism. Remember, autism should not be seen as a label, but as signpost directing you to meeting the pupil’s needs and full psychological and medical advice should be sought.