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What is Autism/ASD?

Autistic people may act in a different way to other people

Autistic people may:

  • find it hard to communicate and interact with other people
  • find it hard to understand how other people think or feel
  • find things like bright lights or loud noises overwhelming, stressful or uncomfortable
  • get anxious or upset about unfamiliar situations and social events
  • take longer to understand information
  • do or think the same things over and over


If you think you or your child may be autistic, get advice about the signs of autism.

Specialist support

Below, you will find organisations and charities who are best suited to assist you

National Autistic Society

For autistic adults and children, and their families.

Ambitious about Autism

For autistic children and young people, their parents and carers.

National Autistic Society Facebook Group

The National Autistic Society is here to transform lives and change attitudes.


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If you or your child have signs of autism, the next step is to talk to someone about it.

You could speak to:

a GP

a health visitor (for children under 5)

any other health professional you or your child see, such as another doctor or therapist

special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) staff at your child’s school

Ask them about referring you or your child for an autism assessment.

An assessment is done by autism specialists. It’s the only way to find out if you or your child are autistic.

Autism Assessment

An autism assessment is where a team of autism specialists check if you or your child are autistic.

An assessment team may:

ask about any problems you or your child are having

watch how you or your child interact with other people

speak to people who know you or your child well, such as family, friends, your GP or your child’s teachers

At the end of the assessment, you’ll be given a report saying if you or your child are autistic.

Find out what happens during an autism assessment

Newly diagnosed with autism: things to help

People react to a diagnosis of autism in different ways.

For some, it’s a relief to find out why they or their child think, feel and act the way they do. For others, it can be a shock.

Try to give yourself time to come to terms with the diagnosis.


help and support is available

even if things are hard now, they can get better

you or your child are still the same person as before

autism is not an illness or disease with treatments or a “cure”

autistic people have things they’re good at as well as things they need help with

Find help and support services

You might feel alone when you or your child are first diagnosed.

But there are places you can get support.

You can get help from:

local support groups

national charities

other autistic people or parents on social media and forums

your school, college or workplace

your local council

your GP or the autism assessment team that diagnosed you

Find out about support you can get if you’re autistic

Listen to other people’s stories

Some people find it helpful to find out about other people’s stories of autism.

The charity has stories from autistic people and parents of autistic children.

You could also search online for autism blogs, videos or books.


Remember, autism is different for everyone. What happened to other people might not be the same for you or your child.

Look out for other health problems

Autism is not an illness. But many autistic people also have other conditions.

These are not always checked for during an autism assessment.

See a GP if you have any concerns about your or your child’s health. They can help you get any extra care you need.

Find out about other conditions that affect autistic people

Find out more about autism

It might help you and your family to find out more about autism.

There can be quite a lot to take in. You do not have to read everything.

You can get trusted information from:

the NHS – for information about what autism is and advice on autism and everyday life

National Autistic Society – for autistic children and adults, parents and carers

Ambitious about Autism – for autistic children and young people, and their families

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