The strategies and resources below may be useful at any point in the journey.
The Scottish Autism Advice Line is open Tuesday to Friday (10am to 4pm). It provides support for individuals, families and professionals. Advisors are available to take calls 01259 222022 or live chat.
13-year-old Rosie takes viewers into her world to explain what it's like to grow up with autism.
Rosie, Luis, Rose, and Chris discuss their experiences of needing extra time to process information and what you can do to help.
"Autism West Midlands are the leading charity in the West Midlands for autistic people. They use their passion and expertise to enrich the lives of people on the autism spectrum and those who love and care for them.
Free downloadable information sheets are available from their website. Click here to access the information resources.
Autistic people often process everyday sensory information and experiences differently. The Joining in with Sensory Differences page contains resources to help you understand sensory processing. You can choose the resources that are right for you. There are:
All this information can help you to support your child/young person to take part in every day life.
Being autistic means a person sees the world and processes information in a specific way, including the way they communicate and interact.
This guide 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 make social situations less stressful.
Spoken words alone can be difficult to understand and remember. Making information visual by using objects, photos, pictures, symbols and/or written words makes communication physical and consistent.
Visual supports can therefore help to:
Examples include visual timetables, now & next sequences, visual schedules/ ‘jobstrips’, choosing boards. Click here to find out about the different types and uses of visual supports and where to find resources.
On average four times more boys are diagnosed with autism than girls. Autistic girls and women can have different strengths and challenges from boys. Some girls can "mask" their difficulties so these are harder for others to recognise and understand. Girls are often diagnosed later. They may present with difficulties such as anxiety first.
SWAN Scotland (Scottish Women's Autism Network) is an organisation for autistic women and girls.
The following videos may be helpful:
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.
We are here for you. Here’s the latest guidance on coronavirus and useful information.
Last reviewed September 2021.