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This page has information about a range of services and support for specific areas your child may need help with. You can access many of these resources directly without needing a referral. You can also access many of these service without a confirmed diagnosis, as they are based on need and not on having a specific diagnosis. This means you do not need to wait until your assessment appointment and can seek support as soon as you need it.

If a referral or diagnosis is required, we have clarified this in the information. The wait for an assessment can be very long and we know this is a difficult and frustrating time for your child and your family. Many of these services are the same ones we recommend to families after a diagnosis.

We work closely with colleagues in other services, including social care, schools and in the community. Information and resources are also available on their websites.

Autism Workshop

These workshop videos will take you on a journey of what autism is, how to support your autistic child in specific areas including communication, toileting, eating, sleep and behaviour.

Below are a series of videos that make up our autism parent and carer workshops. Prior to COVID-19 these workshops were offered as a 2 day face to face workshop for families. Due to the impact of COVID-19 we have had to adapt to new ways of working with the positive outcome of virtual working meaning we can provide these workshops to you virtually. We have now turned our face to face workshops into short, accessible videos which are available to everyone, whatever stage of the journey you are on. We have separated these videos out into modules to enable you to access the ones relevant to you. You can also revisit these at any time as a refresher if you wish or suggest them to families and friends to view.

They are designed for parents and carers of children and young people either with a diagnosis of autism, or who are awaiting an autism assessment. The aim of the videos is to support your understanding of autism and how it may impact your child. We offer basic autism strategies and ideas of ways to support your child and discuss other support and services that are available to you. As a team we feel this core information is essential and recommend all families with a children with or without a formal diagnosis access these videos. If you would like a further discussion with a clinician for your child in any area relating to the workshop, please fill in the evaluation form at the bottom of this page.

Introduction to autism

1) Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder

2) The impact of an autism diagnosis

3) Your toolkit

4) Support services


1) Communication

2) Language and Communication strategies

Please contact us via this request form if you require the resource pack that we refer to in this video. 

Speech and Language resources enquiry form

The information you submit into this form will be used to ensure that your details are correct on our system and allow us to keep track of how many resource packs have been sent out.
Child's name(Required)
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3) Eating (pre-school)

4) Sleeping (pre-school)

5) Toilet training

School age

1) Behaviour

2) Eating (school age)

3) Sleeping (school age)


National Autism Charities

National Autistic Society Provides support, guidance and advice for autistic people and their families. Families can access information on the website directly and your child does not need a confirmed diagnosis.

Ambitious about autism Provide information and guidance about understanding autism, behaviours, early years, education and transition to adulthood.

Please see the links below for more information on what happens before, during and after the autism assessment. Before your autism assessment | During your autism assessment | After your autism assessment

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