You may be looking at this page because you are wondering if your child has autism, your child may have been referred for an autism assessment or they may have been recently diagnosed with autism. This page aims to provide families and children with information that may be helpful, regardless of where you are on this journey.
Regardless of whether your child has a diagnosis of autism or not these strategies and resources may be helpful for anyone who has some traits associated with autism.
National Autistic Society Helpline is open Monday to Friday (10am to 3pm). It is free for landlines and mobiles and provides confidential information and advice for people on the autism spectrum and their families.
Scottish Autism Advice Line is open Tuesday to Friday (10am to 4pm) and provides emotional and practical support for individuals, families and professionals.
Falkirk Council Children with Disabilities Team have published a number of booklets providing lots of useful information on Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome and Teenagers with Asperger's Syndrome.
In this Newsround Special, 13-year-old Rosie takes viewers into her world to explain what it's like to grow up with autism - a condition which affects how children see life, and the way they relate to others around them.
Autism Education Trust - Kids Zone has information and videos for children on topics such as:
Rosie, Luis, Rose, and Chris discuss their experiences of needing extra time to process information and what you can do to help.
Children with autism often process everyday sensory information and experiences differently. Some children are more sensitive and others are less sensitive to sensory information that their brain receives.
See our Joining in with Sensory Differences page for more information on Sensory Development and Sensory Questionnaires that will provide you with individualised advice and guidance about how to help support your child/young person to cope with everyday sensory experiences.
The characteristics of autism vary from one young person to another, but in order for a diagnosis to be made, a person will usually have core difficulties with communication and social interaction.
This article offers ideas on helping a young person with understanding emotions, conversation, play, and dealing with conflict. There are also suggestions of how you can help to reduce social stressors.
Visual supports can help to provide structure and routine, encourage independence, build confidence, improve understanding, avoid frustration and anxiety, and provide opportunities to interact with others. They can make communication physical and consistent, rather than fleeting and inconsistent like spoken words can be. They include visual timetables, now & next sequences, visual schedules/ ‘jobstrips’, choosing boards and more. Click here to find out about the different types and uses of visual supports and where to find resources.
‘Social Stories’ were developed by Carol Gray, a former teacher who worked with students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), in 1991 to improve the social skills of people with ASD. Social Stories model appropriate social interaction by describing a situation with relevant social cues, other people’s perspectives, and a suggested appropriate response. They are written in the first person, specifically for that individual and their personal situation. The approach has strict guidance but it is relatively easy to learn and straight forward to implement so anyone can use them, from families to teachers and therapists. Language needs to be modified and simplified depending on the language level of the user. Click here to find out more and see examples.
Since autism was first described, there have always been more boys diagnosed with the condition than girls - on average four times more. It is thought that women and girls are often under-diagnosed due to differences in the characteristics they show e.g. girls’ speech development is often not delayed, they can appear more sociable in the early years than boys with autism, and can have less visible repetitive behaviours. As a result girls are often diagnosed at a later age, and many girls are diagnosed with other conditions first before being diagnosed with autism e.g. anxiety.
There is an organisation called SWAN Scotland (Scottish Women's Autism Network) where you can access further information and support.
The following videos provide more information about females with Autism:
The National Autistic Society provides a number of resources for families and young people including:
The Scottish Autism website is full of useful resources for parents and carers as well as young people on the autism spectrum.
Carers Centres may be jointly funded by Health, Social Work and in some cases charities. They provide information and advice on accessing services, support networks, emotional support, money matters, training for carers and information about respite. Please contact your local Carers Centre, pre- or post- diagnosis, to ask what they may be able to provide. Post diagnosis, Carers Centres are vital in supporting families to move forward on their journey living with autism.
Click the logo to access contact details for your local carers centre:
The Autism Resource Centre (ARC) offers a range of services for people with autism, their families, carers and professionals within Glasgow. This includes information and advice, training, one-to-one guidance, and services for adults with autism.
This booklet is for parents, carers and families of children and young people up to the age of 18 who have already been diagnosed with autism or may be going through diagnosis.
This booklet is for young people of high-school age who may have autism or have already been diagnosed with autism.
These booklets are available in other formats including British Sign Language video and large print. The booklet for Parents / Carers is also available in Chinese, Polish, Arabic, Urdu translation. Click here to access other formats.
Enquire is the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning. They are an independent advice service offering support to parents, carers and professions on additional support for learning in Scotland.
Eating for Children with Autism - Dietary Advice for Families developed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Paediatric and CAMHS Dietetic Services
This leaflet is for parents and carers of children with Autism to help them encourage their child to eat a range of foods that will keep them healthy.
Managing your mental wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak is tricky. The Early Intervention Team have created resources for children, teens and parents. Click here to access the packs.
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