Not sure if it's Autism?
These are some essential starting points we feel are helpful for parents who are waiting on an assessment.
It is overwhelming, confusing and terrifying at the beginning of this journey but you will learn, you will cope and there are people here to help you. There is a whole new language and terminology to learn and many new roles and agencies to interact with.
This section aims to highlight some key issues which are very relevant before you begin your journey.
What are the signs of Autism?
Signs of autism become more apparent as children age. If you have any niggling worry, check it out as early intervention can make a big difference to a person’s life
- Signs of Autism in Toddlers
- Signs of Autism in Preschoolers
- Signs of Autism in Children and Teens
- Signs of Autism in Adults
- Get a few lever arch files & dividers.
- Keep a copy of everything you send out in the file.
- Have a control sheet at the front of the file recording who you rang, what they said and when you said you will ring back.
- Be polite but persistent when following up appointments and assessments.
- Even if a form looks terrifying the best thing to do is to get started, complete the name, address etc sections ie write what you know straight away and generally you have a quarter of it done by the time all that is completed. Then keep working through it.
- Ask for help – please contact us for help. There are also a lot of very helpful parent support groups on Facebook. There is a very strong history of parents supporting other parents so never be afraid to ask a question or ask for help and support.
If you are concerned at all about your child ask for an Assessment of Need. Legally this should be completed and reports finished and given to you, six months after the date of your application. More detail about the assessment process here
If your child has just been diagnosed, you are likely worried, stressed and full of questions. We can help here.