In the first instance, ask your doctor for information about local services and support.
You can come along to one of the Children's centre autism drop-ins run by staff champions. There you will be able to meet with and talk to other parents with children with a diagnosis, an Autism Champion and parent volunteers.
Children’s Centre staff will be able to provide you with a list of services and agencies, both local and national, that provide advice and support for parents and children and young people themselves with Autism. When you visit the drop-in, ask for a 'parent pack' and someone will go through the information with you in person.
In Derby City, the Clinical Psychologists offer parent workshops to children over 8 years of age with a diagnosis. The Specialist Teaching Service, Social Communication and Autism Service offer a one-off parent workshop for parents of children under 8 years of age recently diagnosed.
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
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.