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Here are the resources we found for autism for parents and families:
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Undiagnosed autism in school
“This is my experience of going through 9 years of school with undiagnosed autism”. Personal reflections from a GCSE student about the effect that her autism has had upon her mental health and schooling, and how delays in diagnosis and putting support in place made things much, much worse.
What is Autism?
This video from the National Autistic Society gives you information about autism. It answers a couple of questions about what autism is, different types of autism, what it is like to experience autism, what causes autism and where to go if you want more information.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder and what causes Autism Spectrum Disorder?
This video features Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist Sophie talking about Autism Spectrum Disorder. She explains some of the difficulties that people with ASD might face and what psychiatrists currently understand to be the causes of autism spectrum disorders.
Understanding how Children with ASD think
This video features Sophie who is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. In this video she describes some of the differences between the thoughts of a young person with ASD and the thoughts of a neurotypical child, or a child without ASD. She covers topics like sensory overload, theory of mind and obsessive thoughts or fixations.
The National Autistic Society
The National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for autistic people (including those with Asperger syndrome) and their families. You will find a wealth of information her on everything from diagnosis, care and support to transitioning to post 16 education and beyond. The NAS also offer advice, training and support to education and healthcare professionals and other support staff and employees.
Dimensions have been offering support packages for people with learning disabilities and autism for nearly 40 years. Whether this is a few hours a week or support for complex and profound difficulties, they have been there. They believe at putting people at the heart of what they do and continuously strive to give people with learning difficulties and autism the best integration within their communities.
Ambitious about Autism
Ambitious about Autism is a national charity for children and young people with autism. They provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and campaign for change. Through TreeHouse School, The Rise School and Ambitious College they also offer specialist education and support.
Autism West Midlands
Autism West Midlands aims to enrich the lives of people with autism in the West Midlands. They use their passion and expertise to enrich the lives of people with autism and those who care for them. They offer adult support, and family support to help people with autism and their loved ones.
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Autistic Pupils and Transition
Autistic children and young people can find transition very difficult. This could be the transition between year groups, moving schools or going to college or university. This webpage from The National Autistic Society contains information that might be useful to both parents and teachers about how best to support an autistic person who is experiencing transitional periods within their education.
I think my Child has Autism
No one child with autism is likely to display every symptoms of autism exactly as the textbook says. However, there are some general areas to watch out for. Ambitious about Autism has put together a list of signs that autistic children or young people might show to help you decide whether to investigate the possibility of autism within your child.
After your Child’s 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 people aren’t given any guidance on what to do next. Moving on from a diagnosis can seem daunting, but The National Autistic Society is here to help.
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Using Visual Resources – Schedules and Prompts
This resource from Autism West Midlands shares how to use schedules and prompts with young people who have autism. The use of schedules and prompts can help to increase independence and life skills, it may help with young people who forget to do things or who lose things frequently.
Using Visual Resources – Rules and Reward Charts
This resource from Autism West Midlands shows examples of rule charts and reward charts. These charts can be utilised by parents and educational professionals to set out rules and standards for young people who have autism.
Using Visual Resources – Intimacy Circles
This resource from Autism West Midlands contains examples of intimacy circles which can be created by parents or professionals to help young people with autism understand social rules and form positive relationships.
Using Visual Resources – Five Point Scale
This resource from Autism West Midlands contains examples of five point scales that can be used by parents or educational professionals. The aims of these five point scales is to help young people with autism recognise what makes them anxious and what they can do to make themselves feel better.
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What to do when your Autistic or Asperger’s Child is being Bullied
Dr Tali Shenfield’s blog post for the Child Psychology and Parenting Blog covers how your approach to bullying needs to be different if you have a child with Autism or Asperger’s. The blog post even sets out the types of questions you might have to ask your child if you think they might be experiencing bullying either in person or online.
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EarlyBird, EarlyBird Plus and EarlyBird Healthy Minds
EarlyBird and EarlyBird Plus are support programmes for parents and carers, offering advice and guidance on strategies and approaches for dealing with young autistic children. The EarlyBird programme focusses on young children who are diagnosed before the age of 5, while the EarlyBird Plus programme focusses on young people diagnosed between 4 and 8.