NDD Local Services and Support - Condition specific information (Autism)
You may have concerns about your child (including a child in your care) where there is more than one area of concern about their development (walking, talking, learning). This could be caused by a medical condition or a conditions which affects how their nervous system works (neuro-disability) e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Epilepsy. This may affect your child in a number of areas e.g. how they walk, talk, learning, form relationships with their peer group (children their age). This could be a disability or a special educational need
If you think the information above applies to your child, depending on your child’s age please speak with their key worker in their Early Years Setting, Health Visitor or School Nurse (0-19 Health Professional), Teacher or Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). They will be able to discuss your concerns and agree a plan of support which may include strategies for you to work with your child at home, as well as strategies that will be implemented in Early Years/ School setting. You may also be signposted to online support & resources. They will work with you to monitor your child’s progress.
Below you will find a list of services that are available both locally and nationally to support in this area. These services have been listed under the following categories:
Universal – These services are available to everyone, without the need for any referral
Targeted – These services provide more targeted support to address a need. In most cases a referral is required
Specialist – These services provide specialist, targeted support and a referral is required. A number of these services are provided as part of the ‘intervention’ stage of our NDD Pathway.
We have also worked with the Council for Disabled Children to create a list of useful resources that are available through national organisations.
ACAMH Podcast Series for Parents - Autism
A podcast series for parents
Episode 1. Identifying Autism – getting the right diagnosis Identifying Autism - getting the right diagnosis
Episode 2. Discovering Strengths – how to empower your autistic child Discovering Strengths - how to empower your autistic child
Episode 3. How autism presents differently in girls How autism presents differently in girls
Episode 4. Recognising mental health issues Recognising mental health issues
Episode 5. Food sensitivities and proclivities Food sensitivities and proclivities
Autism Bedfordshire Skills 4 Success programme
Autism Bedfordshire - Wanted Fun Youth Group
Autism Bedfordshire - Loads Of Autistic Fun (L.O.A.F)
Spectrum Support Group (Parents of Children/Young People with ADHD and ASC)
Videos regarding Autism
Children with ASD - a video created by East Kent Hospitals
Challenging behaviour in children with ASD
Children with ASD and sleep difficulties