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Support for autism

Support for autism

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Help, support and advice provided

Our autism support team, known as ASSIST, works with parents and practitioners to support children and young people across the autism spectrum.

We provide:

  • Information and signposting to other services
  • Support to families on issues and solutions within the home environment
  • Support to schools on issues and solutions within the school environment
  • Support to leisure providers to include people with autism
  • Consultation support to professionals and practitioners to look at issues and solutions
  • A variety of workshops about autism that people with an interest in autism can attend
  • Parent programmes including the National Autistic Society EarlyBird and Healthy Minds programmes 

How to access this support

About the courses

Parent programmes will help with understanding autism and share many ideas and solutions.  The programmes are also a source of support – many parents developing lasting friendships.  

  • The National Autistic Society EarlyBird programme (we meet across a school term) for families with a child with autism who is pre school age
  • The National Autistic Society EarlyBird Plus programme (we meet across a school term) for families with children between 4 and up to 9 years old
  • The National Autistic Society Healthy Minds programme (we meet for 6 sessions) for parents of a child or young person of primary school age and promotes good mental health
  • The Next Steps parent programme (we meet for 4 sessions) for parents of a young person from aged 9 to 18th birthday.


Am I eligible?

To be eligible to join your child must:

  • Have a diagnosis of autism
  • Be on the pathway to an autism assessment

How much does it cost?  

There is a small charge which covers the cost of materials.  However, we do not want anyone to not be able to attend the programme due to financial issues, and would ask that you discuss your concerns with a programme presenter.

How to join 

Contact us direct to see when the next programme is running. 

Developed by parents and practitioners, the toolkit is an aide memoire for adults involved when a child/young person with autism transitions from one setting to another – aiming for a planned and prepared, smooth transition.

You can view all the toolkit documents below:

Our ASSIST support groups

ASSIST has regular opportunities for parents and carers to meet with each other for ideas, solutions and support.  Email the team for the current dates.

Find other support groups and organisations

Search the children and young people with additional needs directory to find more autism support services.

Autism support apps

Below you can find apps to support children and young people with autism:

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