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.

Critchill School

Critchill School offers an holistic approach to education which enables pupils to make a positive contribution to school and community and fully prepares them for future success. Read more »

Education otherwise

Education Otherwise is a membership-based organisation that provides support and information for families whose children are being educated outside school. Read more »

Elmwood School

Elmwood School educates pupils with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in groups with youngsters with complex learning difficulties. Read more »

Empathy/Systemizing Quotient (EQ-SQ) (Child)


The Empathy/Systemizing Quotient (EQ-SQ) (Child) is a diagnostic instrument, developed by the Autism Research Centre, which contains a list of statements about real life situations, experiences and interests where empathizing or systemizing skills are required. Read more »

Family Fund

The Family Fund is a registered charity that helps families lead ordinary lives by providing grants for things that families tell us they need and that make life easier for the disabled child, young person and their family. Read more »

Farringdon Centre

Farringdon Centre is a small independent emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD) school which caters for 10 children with educational statements of special needs. Read more »

Frome Music Therapy Centre

Frome Music Therapy Centre is private music therapy centre using a humanistic and person-centred approach. Read more »

Home Education Advisory Service

The Home Education Advisory Service (HEAS) is a national home education charity dedicated to the provision of advice and practical support for families who wish to educate their children at home in preference to sending them to school. Read more »

Horseshoes and Handprints

Horseshoes and Handprints offer sensory contact, fun time and specialist horse riding to children and adults on the autistic spectrum, and / or with neurological disorders, or those suffering mental trauma due to abuse, bullying, bereavement, depression or separation anxiety. Read more »

Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA)

IPSEA is a registered charity offering free and independent advice to parents of children with special educational needs in England and Wales on: local authorities’ legal duties to assess and provide for children with special educational needs; exclusions of children… Read more »

Infant mental health

At Infant mental health, we specialize in autism spectrum disorders and the early detection of pre-autism behaviours (as early as 3 months) followed by appropriate interventions especially designed to individual cases. We also train health visitors and paediatricians in identifying… Read more »

Mark College

Mark College is a specialist residential school for boys and girls aged 10 to 19 with specific learning difficulties including: language disorders, dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia. Read more »


Mencap is the leading UK charity working with and for people with a learning disability and their parents and carers. Read more »

Mind in Sedgemoor

Mind in Sedgemoor offers help and support to anyone experiencing mental ill-health. Read more »

Minehead First School

Minehead First School is the largest First School in West Somerset. It serves a diverse neighbourhood and can cater for children with a wide range of needs. Read more »

Options Group

Options Group provides person-centred learning programmes for people with autistic spectrum disorders, which incorporate the elements of care, education and therapy. Read more »


Peach is a parent-led charity that promotes Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) for young children with autism. Read more »

Progress magazine

Progress is the essential transition guide for 13 to 25 year olds with additional needs. Read more »


PROMISE is a Somerset county wide mentoring and advocacy service for young people and children. Read more »

Quantitative Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (Q-CHAT)


The Q-CHAT is a diagnostic instrument, developed by the Autism Research Centre, that aims to identify toddlers at risk of Autistic Spectrum Conditions with improved sensitivity, for both clinical and research purposes. Read more »


We provide a range of services nationally, including advocacy, carer support, crisis services and more. Read more »

Schools Finder

A web service through which to find schools, childcare services and Sure Start children’s centres.
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We work with disabled people and their families. We offer practical support – from information services to education and everyday care. Read more »

Short Breaks

The Resources Team, who are the Short Breaks Team consist of Somerset Supporters and the Children’s Autism Outreach Team. Read more »


Sibs is the only UK charity representing the needs of siblings of disabled people. Read more »

Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association

Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association (SWEDA) offers a wide range of services to ‘those affected by eating disorders’ in Somerset and the surrounding counties. Read more »

Somerset Autism Service

The Somerset Autism Service provides training and support to schools, parents and professionals by offering advice on practical strategies and ways of adapting teaching materials so that it is easier for your child to understand. Read more »

Somerset Family Floating Support Service

Our Floating Support service provides a combination of practical and emotional support. Read more »