Once your child has been given a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) it is important to know what help and support is available. It is important to get the right level of support for you and your child and to know how to access relevant quality information.
The National Autistic Society is an excellent source of information, advice, support and resources and is a good starting point following diagnosis.
In addition to this there are a variety of local parent training programmes, parent support groups and social groups.
This page provides recommended contacts and resources for you and your child.
Remember that ASD affects children in different ways and some information may not be relevant to your child. If you need to discuss any concerns you can contact your GP, paediatrician, speech and language therapist, health visitor, school nurse or class teacher.
National Autistic Society (NAS)
NAS Autism Helpline: 0808 800 4104 – offers confidential information, advice and support
SPACE & Cygnet Programmes
Training for parents of children with a diagnosis of ASD aimed at helping parents understand more about ASD and how best to support their child.
– SPACE Programme – for children aged 0-4 years
– Cygnet Programme – for children aged 4-18 years
Fosse Way School, Radstock, BA3 3AL
Communication in Autism Training (CAT)
Helps parents to understand how autism affects their preschool child’s communication, learning and behaviour and offers strategies to support their child.
Speech & Language Therapy, St Martin’s Hospital Bath, BA2 5RP
Support & Social Groups FACES – Bath ASD Social Group
A group for parents and their school age children.
Percy Community Centre, New King Street, Bath, BA1 2BN
Provides support and social events for parents/ carers, children and young people of all ages with autism spectrum disorder.
The @0ne Centre 1, The Park, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 2BL
0117 3290123 / 07837 348690
Bristol Autism Support BAS
Provides support for parents and supported activities during school holidays for children with a diagnosis of ASD and their siblings. Covers Bristol and surrounding areas including Bath.
0117 353 4088
Family Information Service
Provides information on local resources and general support for parents including support groups, childcare, holiday activities, information on benefits.
0800 073 1214
Offers impartial advice to parents of children with additional needs and information about special educational needs.
01225 394382 (term time only)
Disability Living Allowance
Some children may be eligible for this benefit.
The Carers Centre
Offers advice and support to parent/carers on a wide range of issues.
0800 0388 8885
Sirona’s Community Child Health Department
Tel: 01225 731575