Living with autism

A parent's guide to autism

Whatever challenges your child may face, there's a lot you can do to support them and help them reach their potential.

Autism: the facts

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability. Find out more about what causes it and how it affects people.

Autism in children

Autism spectrum disorders can normally be diagnosed when children are around the age of two.

Talking to your child about their autism

A child psychiatrist explains why it's important to tell your child about their autism in a calm and safe place.

Sophia Hill

Supporting children with autism into adulthood

How children who have autism can be supported to give them the best chance in their transition into adult life.

Autism in adults

Why you may want a formal diagnosis, how to approach your GP and the benefits of being diagnosed.

Autism misconceptions

Whether it’s at school, at work or in social settings, people with autism are often misunderstood.

Deborah Packenham

'My son has autism'

Deborah Packenham's son, Johnny, has autism. She talks about her experience of caring for him.

Aly Gynn, who has Asperger syndrome, photographed by Robin Hammond

'I got an Asperger's diagnosis aged 45'

"My name is Aly Gynn. I was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome when I was 45."

Caring for someone with autism

As a parent or carer for someone with autism, you may benefit from accessing help for yourself.

Michael Cooke, who has Asperger's syndrome

'My life with Asperger syndrome'

Michael Cooke, 22, talks about his life with Asperger syndrome, his job at an arts centre and his ambitions

'My children teach me the art of patience'

Find out how Deborah supports her son, who has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and her daughter, who has Down's syndrome


Find out about hyperacusis, an intolerance to sounds that aren't an issue for most other people

Why get an autism diagnosis?

Having a diagnosis helps people with autism to understand their difficulties and get support

Caring for Jasmine: Marie, Paris and Alan

Caring for Jasmine

Marie, Paris and Alan are carers for Jasmine, who has autism, scoliosis, dyslexia and dyspraxia.

Long-term health conditions at school

If your child has a long-term health condition, they may need support at school. Find out what to expect

What is a learning disability?

Find out what a learning disability is and what it means for the estimated 1.5m people who have one

Child health 6-15

Information on child health, including healthy diet, fitness, sex education and exam stress