Autism – help for parents of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism is a life long condition that affects a person’s ability to make sense of the world. It is commonly referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) because it includes a wide range of difficulties.

Specialist support for children in Years 1 to 7 at mainstream schools

Our ASD Monitoring and Support Groups can provide:

  • flexible training programmes for parents and carers
  • tracking of children’s progress to be able to respond quicker and in a more co-ordinated way
  • specialist resources and equipment
  • good practice and the latest research findings
  • a forum for solving problems
  • advice on specialist support services
  • a professional contact who will phone, every three months, all parents and carers who ask for this service.

Please download our leaflet:

ASD Parent Information Pack

Our information pack has been designed to help people who look after someone who has recently been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

It is written by professionals from education, social care and health services, in consultation with parents. It has been designed to cover everything you might need to know about ASD, such as:

  • how do I manage behavioural difficulties?
  • how can I talk to my child about their diagnosis?
  • can I get some financial help?
  • are there any support groups where I live?

The pack has been divided into short easy-to-use sections:

Getting young people out and about – Spectrum

Spectrum is a county-wide service that helps young people with autism to access clubs and leisure activities. We want to make sure that everyone gets the same opportunities as their peers.

We do this by:

  • developing a leisure plan that reflects their individual strengths helping them to join clubs and other leisure activities
  • making sure they get the most from the help and support available
  • training local clubs to understand the needs of people with autism
  • encouraging individuals to achieve their potential.

Anyone can contact us to ask about getting this help, provided the young person and their family are both agreed.

Accessing the countryside – children with autism

A guide has been produced to help parents, carers and teachers in East Sussex to engage children on the autism spectrum with the natural environment. It begins by introducing some of the health benefits of nature and the countryside, and this is followed by a guide to ‘natural’ places to visit in East Sussex which many children with autism might enjoy. Twenty two natural places are described, all of which are very good for wildlife.

Our autism policy and annual newsletter

Our Autism Policy describes our roles and responsibilities and how we will help meet the needs of children and young people with ASD.

Download the ASD Monitoring and Support Group Annual Newsletter Autumn 2014

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