Guidance on autism spectrum conditions

Non-urgent advice: Your child’s score

Based on your answers, your child scored [urlparam param=”percent” default=”15-70″ /]% overall.

What this means

A score of 15-70% suggests some aspects of your child’s behaviour is similar to people who have autism spectrum conditions. This means they may experience and respond to the world around them in different ways. This is known as ‘neurodiversity’ and may mean they:

  • find social interaction difficult, for example starting conversations and understanding how to make and keep friends
  • struggle with speech and language
  • get easily distracted and find it hard to concentrate
  • repeat or restrict certain behaviours, such as asking the same question again and again, or repeating unusal movements, noises or facial expressions
  • get very anxious if routines change, or if they’re in an unfamiliar environment
  • can seem over-sensitive or under-sensitive to their enviroment, such as reacting to smells or noises

Your child may benefit from extra support at school and at home, depending on their particular needs.

Support at school

Your child’s school will have a special educational needs and disability coordinator (SENCO). They may already be providing your child with extra support based around their needs, for example through different types of lessons.

Your child doesn’t need an autism ‘diagnosis’ to get support at school.

If your child has complex needs, the school may ask an educational psychologist to assess them. If they are still struggling despite receiving support, the school may speak to you about a further referral (for example to an ADHD or mental health specialist) to develop a plan for their education and healthcare (EHCP).

Every local authority provides information on support and provisions in the local area for young people with SEND and their parents or carers.

Bristol

Families, Local Offer, Resources and Advice (FLORA). The FLORA team provide information and advice for children and young people with additional needs and their parents and carers.

For more information, email flora@bristol.gov.uk with your name and phone number. The team will contact you within 2 working days. Or you can call FLORA on 0117 352 6020

South Gloucestershire

Local Offer 

Support for Families with Children who have SEND

North Somerset

Local Offer 

Other support available to parents and carers

There are active parent carer groups in BristolSouth Gloucestershire and North Somerset

Local Councils offer parent support and courses in BristolSouth Gloucestershire and North Somerset

Support at home

As a parent or carer, there are a number of things you can do to help your child, depending on their specific needs. For example, if they are easily distracted, you can help them stay focused by providing a calm environment. Similarly, trampolines or swings may help children who have repetitive behaviours (and also help them exercise). Fidget spinners and ‘stimming’ devices can help children who flick their fingers or fiddle repeatedly with objects.

If your child’s behaviour is very challenging, you may be able to get social care support if you live in BristolNorth Somerset or South Gloucestershire. You don’t need an autism ‘diagnosis’ to apply for additional benefits and support.

If things get worse

If your child is receiving support at school but you’re worried that their needs aren’t being met, you should speak to the school in the first instance. They may recommend a specialist autism assessment if the child’s wellbeing is at risk.

Non-urgent advice: If you think your child will deliberately hurt themself or someone else

Call 999 if your child is at serious, immediate risk of self-harm.

If it’s serious but not immediately life-threatening, watch them closely and keep harmful objects and substances away from them.

Call 0800 953 1919 at any time of day or night to get advice on dealing with a crisis.