I think my child has special educational needs

Information about special educational needs (SEN) and what to do if you think your child has SEN and/or a disability.

Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

Autism is a developmental condition, sometimes referred to as autistic spectrum condition. Asperger's is a type of Autism.

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What is Autism and Asperger's Syndrome?

Sometimes referred to as autistic spectrum condition, autism is a lifelong, developmental condition that affects how a person relates to and communicates with other people, and the way in which they experience the world around them.

Autism used to be considered a condition that mostly affected boys but there is now a large increase in females being diagnosed as late as their 30s and 40s. 

Asperger's is a type of Autism.

Read more about Autism and Asperger's

Where can I get help with diagnosis?

A diagnosis is the formal identification of autism by a health professional, such as a paediatrician or psychiatrist.

If you think you or your child may be on the Autistic Spectrum, follow these steps.

  1. Make a list of the reasons why you think you or your child may be autistic.
  2. If you think your child might be autistic, talk to your child's school, ask for their views and if they have information that might also indicate your chlid has Autism.
  3. Make an appointment to discuss your thoughts and the information with your GP.

    If your GP agrees, they will make a referral to the Child Development Centre and/or relevant health professionals. 

Find out more about getting diagnosed and what happens during an assessment

What support is available to me?

Information on benefits/entitlements, workshops and training, support available to you and your family/carer(s) can be found in our Care and Support Directory.

Find local support via our directory

The following links are for national organisations that can provide further information.

  • Asperger's Syndrome Foundation
    Provides advice, information and training.
  • Dimensions
    Provides research-based, outcomes-focussed services for people with learning disabilities and autism. They also offer vital specialist services, including sector leading Positive Behaviour Support, alongside supported living and residential care. They give details of autism-friendly environments in your area, including cinemas and libraries.
  • The National Autistic Society
    Provides information, support and pioneering services and campaigns for a better world for people with autism (including Asperger's syndrome) and their families.

What local activities are there for people with autism?

In Hillingdon, there are various activities that are specifically designed for people with autism. Many of these activites are listed on our Care and Support Directory.

Search our directory for activities for children and young people with autism

Search our directory for activities for adults with autism

Page last updated: 29 Mar 2022