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Autism Factographic – Funded by NHS England

This factographic builds on our autism Changing Conversations work, to create a simple resource about autism in the early years, aimed at  professionals and parents.

Through focus groups with professionals, parents, families, and those with lived experience, we produced an interactive resource which supports the understanding of autism in very young children and babies, and what support families may need before diagnosis.

This factographic was funded by NHS England, and co-designed with professionals and families, to support parents and carers with children with autism, or suspected autism in the Early Years. It includes useful information and resources to support parents before a diagnosis, as well as information for professionals to support their own learning and understanding of autism (pre and post diagnosis) in the Early Years.

There are 4 sections to the factographic:

  • Working with families – this section shares insights from parents of autistic children, and those with lived experience, about what life is like with autism, and before diagnosis.
  • Key facts – this section gives background facts and signs of autism in the early years. It also aims to dispel some common myths.
  • Communication – this section has information about the different ways autistic people may communicate, tools that can support communication development, as well as helpful tips to understand the reasons behind children’s behaviour and what they may be communicating.
  • Support for you – this section signposts to various organisations that support families and professionals with different aspects of autism.

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