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Autism and social communication needs

Find resources to help while you wait for your child's social communication needs to be assessed.

The resources below are to support families and carers.

  • They are for children and young people waiting for their social communication needs to be assessed. This includes Autism.
  • To request an Autism/ADHD assessment for those aged 0 to 19, visit: How to refer to Open Minds (CAMHS).
  • Families can also request assessment via their GP.

We aim to keep these resources as up to date as possible. If you know of a resource that would be useful or want to give feedback, please email:

For information on the different names for autism, related conditions and more (includes current research), visit: National Autistic Society (NAS).

The local branch of the NAS is run by volunteers. It offers peer support and the chance to meet and take part in activities. For more details, visit: Calderdale NAS.

Information resource factsheets (National Autistic Society)

These cover common themes, questions and behaviours that can be seen in children and young people waiting for assessment.

Local resource factsheets

Useful links

  • Unique Ways. Informal and friendly sessions for all parents whose children are on the waiting list for an Autism/ADHD assessment in Calderdale. Focussed discussions are facilitated by an invited guest or your local Autism Champion.
  • Assessment and diagnosis of autism: what to expect. A quick guide from NICE and SCIE for young people and their families. It will help to understand what they can expect from the autism assessment process and what should happen if an autism diagnosis is confirmed.
  • Sensory integration. The SI Network (UK & Ireland) is a not-for-profit organisation, promoting education, good practice and research into the theory and practice of Ayres' Sensory Integration.
  • Autism Education Trust. Information for parents/carers and all educational settings from early years to post 16.

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