As a parent you are always going to be the expert on your child. You may have found yourself saying some of the following sentences to yourself or your partner:
What is autism?
Autism is part of the autism spectrum and is sometimes referred to as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
This short video explains how some children with autism see and hear the world.
How do I get a diagnosis?
If your child lives within Derby city and you have concerns or you suspect that they may have autism spectrum disorder, you should speak with:
your health visitor
or your educational provider.
Children do not need a diagnosis of any condition to get support at school. Your child’s school must do it’s best to give your child the support they need.
To help you keep a record of your child’s condition, we have created three useful toolkits that you can go through with your child. Simply select pages that you think are relevant to your child. You do not need to fill out every page.
These pages can be taken to your GP or shown to your health visitor as evidence of your concerns. They can be used just to gauge how your child is feeling on a particular day. We understand that as parents, you meet a lot of people to discuss your child’s needs and often have to repeat information.
SENDIASS offers free confidential, impartial advice and support to parents, children and young people up to the age of 25 about Special Education Needs and Disabilities as well as guiding you through the SEND processes and procedures.
To find out more about the support that SENDIASS offers, telephone 01332 641414 or email SENDIASS@derby.gov.uk.
Facebook pages and groups
Here are some helpful Facebook pages and support groups: