Autism - information for parents and carers

The following information relates to autism and ASD, focusing on areas of concern for parents and carers.

Autism - a guide to local and national resources

Autistic Spectrum Disorder - a guide to local and national resources (CNWL NHS) (PDF, 598KB)

Autistic Spectrum Disorder

From the University of Durham Online Learning, this free online short course is designed to help you learn more about autism, Asperger's and ADHD, their differences and the importance of understanding the classification, assessment and diagnosis.

Understanding Autism, Aspergers and ADHD - University of Durham

EarlyBird Plus is a three-month programme for parents/carers of young children (4-9 years) with a diagnosis of ASD and for the professionals supporting them. This involves 8 group sessions and two home visits. The National Autistic Society EarlyBird approach will help parent/carers to: understand their child’s autism, improve communication with you child and develop strategies to pre-empt problem behaviours and/or manage those which do occur.

Healthy Minds is a six session parent support programme to help promote good mental health in children (10-12 years) with a diagnosis of ASD. Healthy Minds aims to empower parents/carers and accompanying professionals to understand more about the mental health issues that young people with autism face.

Teen Life

This is a six session programme for parents and carers of young people on the autistic spectrum aged 10-16 created by the National Autistic Society. The programme includes information on understanding autism in teenagers and covers a range of topics that are relevant to this age group such as self-esteem and spending time with other people

Dates will follow when set.

Teen Life leaflet (PDF, 145KB)

ASD media clips in different languages

Leicester University has produced a range of media clips in different languages which look at ASD issues.

Meet Saffron - inside the colourful mind of a girl with autism

Saffron is nine. When she received her diagnosis, her mother Sam did not think what the doctors described sounded like a disability. While Saffron does encounter the difficulties associated with autism, her family encourage her to regard herself simply as not neurotypical, rather than having a disability. We met an extraordinary girl with a colourful imagination, articulacy and sensitivity who has developed a highly individual identity and self-respect. Special thanks to Aire Trampoline Club, Canterbury. (The Guardian, 14 June 2017)

An introduction to autism

This film by Amazing Things Happen aims to raise awareness among young non-autistic audiences, to stimulate understanding and tolerance in future generations.

It is intended to be viewed, discussed and shared widely by anyone but especially teachers and parents.


Last Updated: 29 April 2020