Autism

Coronavirus (COVID-19) → New guidance

The government has now published new guidance making it clear that, if you’re autistic or have a learning disability, you can leave your home more than once a day and travel beyond your local area if this is important to your health.

With this in mind, an approved letter has been written for parents/carers living in Wigan borough to carry on their person and present, if stopped by police - find out more about the guidance and print off your copy of the approved letter.

The Autism Pathway and Service work with schools, teachers and parents to help support children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC).

We offer advice, support, training and development for both parents and professionals and co-ordinate a panel of experts to diagnose the condition.

Coronavirus - New guidance

The government has now published new guidance making it clear that, if you’re autistic or have a learning disability, you can leave your home more than once a day and travel beyond your local area if this is important to your health.

With this in mind, an approved letter has been written for parents/carers living in Wigan borough to carry on their person and present, if stopped by police. Please print and fill in your relevant personal information and use this letter only when needed.

Families must ensure they follow the below guidelines or they risk removal of their approved letter:

  • Each child must be accompanied at all times by a parent or carer
  • If you are over the age of 18 you can leave your house alone or with a carer
  • Wherever possible, please carry your diagnosis letter alongside this residents letter or proof of ID
  • Only leave your home when absolutely necessary, following social distancing measures
  • Stay as close to your home as possible
  • The approved letter must not be shared on social media and is for use by you or your child only.

What we do

  • Make a diagnosis of ASC by bringing together experts from various agencies to assess your child
  • Give information about the local and national services and support available to you and how to access them
  • Help your family to identify and address your needs
  • Offer emotional support and a point of contact for you
  • Provide information specific to your child’s condition
  • Provide training for families.

Getting our help

If you think your child may have Autism you will need to visit your GP or paediatrician in order to get a referral to our service.

Training

We offer training designed for parents and carers whose child has a diagnosis of ASC. All training will be offered to parents post diagnosis by the autism pathway manager. Training includes:

Other support

My child has been referred to the Autism Pathway and Service - what does this mean?

This means that a professional who knows your child has some concerns about their social communication skills. Your child may have difficulties with change or new situations or unusual or challenging behaviour. Not all children go on to be diagnosed with Autism but if they do we will help you get access to services and support. Try not to worry we will support you through the process.

What happens then?

We will look at all the information provided from different professionals and maybe even organise some observation or assessments like observing your child’s skills during play. The assessment might include an interview and maybe a home visit where we can ask relevant questions.

How long does it take from referral to completing the assessments?

It’s usually about 6-8 months but this will depend on the complexities of the case and whether we might need other agencies to see your child and provide information.

What happens if my child is NOT diagnosed with ASC?

This means there was not enough evidence to suggest that your child has ASC or that their difficulties are due to something else. A re-referral can be made at a later date if more information becomes available.

Useful resources

Guides and advice specifically for children with Autism:

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