Autism Spectrum Condition
- What support is available to parents and professionals when there are concerns that a pre-school aged child may have Autistic Spectrum Disorder?
- School-aged Social Communication Difficulties Service leaflet - information for parents attending the SLT assessment.
- What happens when a referral is made to health professionals for concerns that a school-aged child may have Autistic Spectrum Disorder ?
- A guide to local and national resources for parents who have children with Autism (CNWL NHS).
Pre-school Autism diagnostic service
This is a multidisciplinary assessment service offered to children up to the age of 5 years. The referral can be made by any health professional currently involved in your child’s care. Here is a simplified pathway to show you how your concerns as a parent or professional can initiate a referral for a preschool assessment for autism.
This leaflet gives basic information for parents on the assessment process for Autism with contact details.
School aged Autism diagnostic service
The Community Paediatric Service provides assessments for possible Autism for school-age children. Click here to read more (DOCX, 72KB).
The link below shows a simplified flowchart of the assessment process for school-aged children.
|Please click here for parent information regarding the Social Communication Difficulties Service (PDF, 312KB).|
Support for parents and carers - training courses
Milton Keynes has a range of training courses available to parents and carers of children and young people with Autism Spectrum Condition. All courses are linked in the documents below.
Hanen - "More than words" course (preschool)
The Speech & Language Therapy Service offer Hanen “More Than Words” parent programme for children up to the age of 5 years. Staff from the child’s educational setting are welcome to attend these evening training sessions. Please contact the SLT Service on 01908 725299 for more information.
|Hanen "More than Words" leaflet (PDF, 355KB)|
Understanding and supporting your child's Social Communication Difficulties (4-13 years)
This is a parent training programme that has been developed to support parent/carers of children and young people who present with social communication difficulties. Each session has a different focus with a range of professionals across Milton Keynes being involved. Parents/carers are able to self-refer. You can get full details in these documents:
The training is being redesigned to be online training. There are no face-to-face sessions running at present.
Training for professionals
Please see the Early Years ASD Awareness Training on page 17 in the training brochure below:
The training is currently not available and online e-learning is being explored.
Useful information for parents and professionals
The following link contains useful information on local and national support groups, professional and parent training opportunities, SENDIAS support and website links.
|Autistic Spectrum Disorder - a guide to local and national resources (CNWL NHS) (PDF, 598KB)|
|Autistic Spectrum Disorder strategies booklet (PDF, 1.5MB)|
Young people's autism diagnostic service
This diagnostic service is available to young people over the age of 16 years. If you are concerned about possible autism, please see your GP who can discuss this with you and make a referral if appropriate.
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: 5 August 2020