Advice and services for children with autism

Getting help with diagnosis

Autism, according to the NHS Information Centre, is estimated to affect around 1% of the UK population. That’s 700,000 people who live with the condition. Autism is a lifelong condition with no cure but the difficulties people with autism face in life can be significantly managed through intervention at an early age. Skill and coping strategies learned as children have lifetime relevance and can make an enormous difference to their ability when they become adults with autism to make the most of their lives.

Does my child have autism?
Often the first contact between a family and Child Autism UK is when a family is struggling to come to terms with the difficult behaviours a child may have. Child Autism UK provides a helpline that can provide parents in this situation with valuable advice. We offer information to help them make informed decisions about their next steps.

How do we get a diagnosis for autism?
Assistance available for the families of children with autism depends on the diagnosis of the child and how the child is being affected by the condition. The diagnosis process and the Education and Healthcare (EHC) Plan process are significant hurdles. Child Autism UK provides advice and support to families facing the processes on which funding for the treatment of the condition depends. We can also provide a limited number of Bursaries to families unhappy with their final EHC Plan (subject to meeting eligibility criteria).

What are the treatments for autism?
Although there is no cure for autism there are treatments and courses of support that can be put in place. Child Autism UK promotes early behavioural intervention to ensure children learn life skills and coping mechanisms that will equip them for life within mainstream education and adult life. Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is the technique used by Child Autism UK. ABA used within a properly designed programme at an early age can help transform the lives of children with autism and their families.

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