Living with autism

Talking about autism

Dr Gloria Dura-Vila, a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, explains why it's important that a child hears about their autism diagnosis from a parent in a safe environment

A few facts about autism

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

Diagnosis for children

Autistic spectrum disorders can normally be diagnosed at around the age of two years.

'My son has autism'

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

Caring for someone with autism

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

Aly Gynn

'I was diagnosed at 45'

'My name is Aly Gynn. I am 46 years old and was formally diagnosed with Asperger syndrome last year.'

Max Horne

Diagnosis for adults

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

Sophia Hill

From child to adult

The transition from child to adult is important for people with autism. It's a time to plan and secure future direction.

Haroon Noreen

A parent's guide to autism

Parents often feel relieved when their child is diagnosed with autism as it explains their unusual behaviour.

Autism misconceptions

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

Video: Daniel's story

Daniel and his family talk about how cycling has helped them all to cope with autism.

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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