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In this section we consider therapies and interventions which may be available for children and families with autism, information about education and the education system and claiming benefits.


Autism is a life-long condition and the causes are not yet known. Whilst it is important to recognise that autism is no-one’s fault and as yet there is no known cure, we do know that there are approaches that can be helpful.

There is emerging evidence that early intervention is helpful for children with ASD. Most of these interventions are based around developing social communication skills and behavioural approaches. There is no current evidence that one type of therapy is better than another. The interventions we offer locally are listed in the next section called Recommended Local Support.  Many other interventions for autism are available, and described on the National Autistic Society website (see links below).

Before starting any intervention that is not provided by health or education, do consider it very carefully. Many interventions seem very attractive, and it is understandable to want to help your child as much as possible. Make sure you check out any intervention you are thinking about from an independent, reliable source such as the National Autistic Society or a health care or educational professional. 

It is important to remember that what works well for one individual may not necessarily work well for another. It is advisable to discuss interventions and therapies with the professionals involved in the care of your child to find out which ones are available locally and whether they think they may be of benefit.

Where else can you get information?

Recommended Support Contacts  

Local Education, health and social care services offers  

Financial support and advice   

Emotional Health and Wellbeing    

Information and advice - national websites and helplines 

Useful Links and Resources

SCILS Information Sheet  

Leaflet for online Cygnet



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