Support and advice following ASD diagnosis

The following information is for parents of children who have recently received a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).

What happens after an ASD diagnosis?

When your child has been diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, the Inclusion and Intervention team receive a copy of the paediatrician’s diagnosis letter. We will then contact you to offer:

If your child attends a non-maintained early years setting:

A face to face meeting to discuss the diagnosis and to signpost sources of training and support.

If your child attends a school or nursery class in a school:

The option of attending a group session with the Inclusion and Intervention Team to discuss ASD, and to signpost to sources of training and support.

What training is available for parents/carers following diagnosis?

We offer a range of training courses in MK:

Early Years pupils

Moving Forward in the Early Years (aged 2-5 years- runs over six weeks) Early Years SCD training 2019-20

Early Bird Plus (aged 4-8 years- runs over ten weeks) Early Bird Plus (PDF, 130KB)

Primary aged pupils

Early Bird Plus (aged 4-8 years- runs over ten weeks) Early Bird Plus (PDF, 130KB)

Social Communication Difficulties Parent Training (aged 4-11 years- runs over six weeks and you can choose which ones you would like to attend) Understanding and managing your child's Social Communication Difficulties 2019-20 (DOC, 293KB)

Healthy Minds (aged 8-11 years- runs over six weeks and focuses on mental health) Healthy Minds training flyer (PDF, 126KB)

Secondary aged pupils

Teen Life (aged 10-16 years- runs over six weeks) Teen Life training leaflet (PDF, 125KB)

Articles and information you might find useful

Amazing Things Happen- an animated video that explains ASD to children

Can you make it to the end?- a short video that shows the sensory challenges faced by a boy who has Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Positives of Autism- a good talking point https://thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk/2018/03/27/10-positives-of-autism-autism-awareness/

Telling a child about their diagnosis (PDF, 187KB)

Family Life: information for siblings and other family members on all aspects of family life

You may also choose to  like/follow the MK Local Offer Facebook page to keep up to date with SEND activities, information and support

Resources and support within the local offer  SEND in Milton Keynes

Support for families

Organisations, information and guidance aimed at supporting families with children/young people with SEND

Health - ASD

Early Years information pack

FACT/FACT+ -  we are currently revising the FACT/FACT+ documents.  In the meantime, if you wish to access the documents please contact the Inclusion and Intervention Team duty desk on 01908 657825.

Young people's local offer

What sport and leisure activities are available following diagnosis?

These sport and leisure activities are suited to young children (early years):

360 Play (0-13) https://360play.co.uk/360-play-milton-keynes/

Top Jump (0-18) http://www.topjump.uk/

MK Safari (1-12) https://www.safarimk.co.uk/

Mini Monsters café: Sensory Play (0-5) https://www.minimonsters.cafe/

MK Dons https://www.mkdons.com/

Cineworld https://www.cineworld.co.uk/cinemas/milton-keynes/8071#/buy-tickets-by-cinema?in-cinema=8071&at=2018-10-05&view-mode=list

MK Gallery https://www.mkgallery.org/

Willen Lake https://www.willenlake.org.uk/

NAS Support https://www.autism.org.uk/directory/resources/14997.aspx

Swimming special needs https://www.placesleisure.org/centres/middleton-pool/centre-activities/swimming/clubs/

These sport and leisure activities are suited to young children (Primary):

Aspects Junior (8-11) https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/schools-and-lifelong-learning/send-local-offer/localoffer-search/service/464

These sport and leisure activities are suited to young children (Secondary):

Aspects Youth (11-17) https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/schools-and-lifelong-learning/send-local-offer/localoffer-search/service/399

Aspects transitions (16-25) https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/schools-and-lifelong-learning/send-local-offer/localoffer-search/service/400

City Special Needs Youth Club: Christian Foundation (11-25) https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/schools-and-lifelong-learning/send-local-offer/localoffer-search/service/477

Smile YMK Art projects  (13-19) https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/schools-and-lifelong-learning/community-learning-mk-hub/adult-learning-community-learning/smile-mk

The Rambling Salamander creates unique adventurous walks where people with learning difficulties can safely, and within their own pace, discover and continually evolve their curiosity about outdoor life. https://www.ramblingsalamander.co.uk  (16 to adulthood)

Last Updated: 9 June 2020