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Here are the resources we found for autism for young people:
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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.
Gabriel has partnered with Fixers UK to help other young people understand autism. Autism can be confusing for people who don’t know what it is. This video shares exactly what it can be like to be autistic when even simple situations such as sitting in a classroom can be overwhelming.
5 Things about Living with Autism
Autism Spectrum Disorders are a confusing set of disorders that many people have stereotypes about. In this video, Andrew shares the top things he wants you to know about living with autism as well as some tips to help make life easier for young people with autism.
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.
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Top Tips for Sensory Overload
Autistic people can get overloaded by everything around them. It’s like all the senses are firing, all at once. Like there’s no filter. Like they’re getting too much information. That makes the world a terrifying, isolating place but it doesn’t have to be like this. One small change from you could help reduce the overload.
This webpage from The National Autistic Society covers step-by-step advice for parents and carers, and for young people, on what to consider when planning the transition from school to adult life.
Autism & Related Conditions
This page from the Black Country CAMHS site provides an introduction to Autistic spectrum conditions, tips to support young people, and a set of additional links and videos.
Asperger syndrome is part of the autism spectrum. This information sheet from Autism West Midlands details how people with Asperger syndrome may experience the core feature of autism. It contains information on the use of language, social situations, flexibility of thought, anxiety, and sensory issues.
An Introduction for Friendships for People with Autism
Many people with autism have friends, but the core features of autism can make it difficult for some to make new friends or keep current friendships going. This information sheet from Autism West Midlands explains what a friendship is and gives some hints and tips about friendship.