Are we too quick to diagnose autism?
For many parents it can be a comfort. They think 'at last, I know what my child has'.
With around 700,000 people in the UK on the autism spectrum, child psychiatrist Dr Mike Shooter believes we have become a nation dependent on diagnoses.
Although he does not doubt the existence of autism spectrum disorder and ADHD, he strongly believes we are too quick to label children and it has become a ‘middle-class parent’s way of dodging responsibility’.
Instead of prescribing pills and writing prescriptions, Dr Shooter believes that more often than not the problem lies at home.
So do you think some parents use autism to cover up bad behaviour? And are we becoming a nation dependent on labels?
Dr Shooter, author of memoir Growing Pains: Making Sense of Childhood, joined us in the studio to discuss his views.