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Children with Autism and Learning Difficulties

Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Epilepsy and EEG

Autism is a term which encompasses a spectrum of disorders. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways.

People who have an autistic spectrum disorder are more likely to have epilepsy than people who don't.

It is estimated that as many as 1/3 of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder also have epilepsy.  In addition, sometimes it is hard to differentiate behaviour associated with autism and epileptic seizure activity, for example with staring or repetitive movements.  For this reason, many people with autism will be investigated with EEG.

All of our tests are performed for patients with a wide range of ages and abilities; however, having an EEG can be a particular challenge for some individuals with autism.

To help explain the EEG test, we have both a  pictorial and  written information booklets, both designed especially with children in mind.  However, if you need more information, if you feel your child needs extra help, or if you want to discuss the test please telephone the department.

For more information please see the Trust website:

CMFT services for children with autism webpage