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Adult Social Care

Local authorities have a duty under the Care Act 2014 to provide or arrange services that help to prevent people developing care and support needs, or delay people deteriorating to the point where they would need ongoing care and support. If you have a child…

Advocacy for young people

Young People who have left school and are involved in the Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) process are able to receive support from an independent advocate. What are Independent advocates? Independent advocates represent the interests of a young person by helping them have a…

Autism Post-diagnosis Information Pack

If your child has not yet received an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis, but you suspect they may have autism and would like an assessment, you might find it helpful to read the information in our Autism: Pre-diagnosis Information Pack. If your child has recently…

Autism Pre-diagnosis Information Pack

If you suspect your child is displaying signs of autism and are seeking a diagnosis, the process can feel extremely daunting and overwhelming. Often there is not one single pathway to getting a diagnosis, it can feel as though there is no information or support…

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Autism are general terms to describe a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communications with and relates to other people and the world around them. There are different ways a person can…

Autism: Assessment

Screening 0-4 years (Pre-school): If your child is pre-school age, your health visitor or GP may carry out a ‘screening interview’ called M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers). This is just a screening tool and will not give you a diagnosis, but it is…

Autism: Diagnosis

What are the benefits of diagnosing autism? Getting an assessment and diagnosis of autism can be extremely helpful for you and your child because: it helps your child and those they are in contact with (family, friends, school, employer) to understand why they experience certain…

Autism: How can I support my child in their learning, education and/or employment?

Autism is a spectrum condition, which means that people with autism will share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Each individual with autism is unique - many people on the autistic spectrum have exceptional abilities in visual skills, music and…

Autism: Other conditions associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often have symptoms or aspects of other conditions but these can be difficult to recognise and are sometimes not diagnosed because of communication difficulties. Some other medical conditions associated with autism include: Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA): This is a…

Autism: Talking about an ASD diagnosis

An autism diagnosis can be difficult to come to terms with. You may be coping with a condition you know very little about, and trying to find new ways for everyone to live together and feel supported. Many parents aren't given any guidance on what…
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