Help in childhood

This section features sources of public, private and third sector support for families affected by autistic spectrum conditions in childhood and up to the age of 25 years.

3Dimensions

A service for young people with Social Difficulties including Communication, Learning Difficulties, Vulnerability in the Community and / or ASD. Read more »

Advisory Centre for Education (ACE)

Provides advice and information for parents and carers on a wide range of school based issues including exclusion, admissions, special education needs, bullying and attendance. Read more »

Alternative Education Company

The AEC has been established with the primary focus of making a sustained difference to the life chances and social, emotional and physical well-being of disaffected young people. Read more »

Aukids

Aukids is a quarterly magazine which provides quality, practical advice on autism. Read more »

Autism – management of autism in children and young people

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The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued draft guidelines on ‘The management and support of children and young people on the autism spectrum’. Read more »

Autism Diagnostic Research Centre

(ADRC) provides an interdisciplinary diagnostic and assessment service for children, young people and adults suspected of having autism spectrum disorder. Read more »

Autism Outreach Team

Provides support to families post diagnosis, often following on from Early Bird courses. Read more »

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome

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This booklet compiled by the Autism Support Services aims to support families of children with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome. Read more »

Autism Spectrum Quotient (Adolescent)

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The Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ), developed by the Autism Research Centre, provides a measure of the extent of autistic traits in adolescents. Read more »

Autism Spectrum Quotient (Child)

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The Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ), developed by the Autism Research Centre, provides a measure of the extent of autistic traits in children. Read more »

Autism: recognition, referral and diagnosis in children and young people on the autism spectrum

This guideline published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) covers the recognition, referral and diagnosis of autism in children and young people from birth up to 19 years. Read more »

Barton Camp

Barton Camp is a residential centre built for learning and adventure Read more »

Baytree school

Baytree is a special school for young people aged 3-19 who have severe learning difficulties (SLD). Read more »

Beat Bullying

BeatBullying is all about young people helping and supporting each other online. Read more »

bibic

Our mission is to help children (aged 6 months to 18 years) with conditions affecting their social, communication and learning abilities. Read more »

Brainwave

Brainwave provides therapy for children with developmental delay whether caused by cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, genetic disorder or brain injury. Read more »

Bridgwater NAS Out of School Club

For teenagers with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism. Meets after school on a Wednesday evening.

Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education

The Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education (CSIE) is an independent centre, set up in 1982, actively supporting inclusive education as a human right of every child. Read more »

Cerebra

Cerebra is a unique national charity that strives to improve the lives of children with brain-related neurological conditions. Read more »

Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (CHAT)

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The Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, developed by the Autism Research Centre, is designed to be used by GPs or Health Visitors during the 18 month developmental check-up. Read more »

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Mendip

We provide a specialist mental health service for children and young people aged 0-18 (up to 19 for young people with additional needs), who may be experiencing a range of mental health problems, resident in Mendip Read more »

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, West Somerset

This service caters for children and young people with autism spectrum disorders and accompanying mental health problems. Read more »

Childhood Autism Spectrum Test (CAST)

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The Childhood Autism Spectrum Test (CAST), developed by the Autism Research Centre, is a parental questionnaire to screen for autism spectrum conditions. Read more »

ChildLine

You can contact ChildLine about anything. Read more »

Choice Advice

Choice Advice offers impartial information and support on schools’ admissions and the transition process. Read more »

Compass Disability Services

Supporting disabled people and carers to have a better quality of life. Read more »

Connect South West Ltd

Connect South West Ltd provides confidential, impartial, high quality Careers Information, Advice and Guidance to young people age 13-19 years old (up to 25 for those with a learning difficulty or disability) in schools and colleges across Somerset. Read more »

Crimson Hill Support

We are the foremost provider in Somerset of support to people with learning disabilities and complex needs in their own homes. Read more »