Those with autism might find it hard to interact with and communicate with others. They might get upset or anxious about being in unfamiliar places or social events. In addition to this, those who are autistic might have difficulty understanding how other people feel or think.

Loud noises and bright lights can make them feel uncomfortable or stressed. They may also do the same things again and again. Lastly, those with autism might take longer to understand something than others. 

Autism is not a mental health condition. It just means an autistic person’s brain works in a different way to other people’s brains. Even though autism is not a mental health condition, it can cause autistic people to become stressed or anxious. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

How to Get a Diagnosis 

If you think you or your child is autistic, please speak to your GP. Alternatively, if your child is under the age of 5, you can speak to a health visitor. You might also wish to speak to the SENCO (special educational needs) staff at your child’s school. 

Ask your GP etc. if they think an autism assessment is required. If your GP thinks it’s required, the assessment will be carried out by specialists. 

When speaking to someone about your or your child’s possible autism please:

  • Make a note of any of the signs of autism that you or your child may have. Please take your notes to your appointment. 

  • Ask your family, friends, or your child’s teachers if they have noticed anything that could indicate you or your child has autism.
  • If the appointment is for your child, please make sure your child is there with you. Your child will need to be assessed.
  • If the appointment is for you, you can take someone with you. This person should know you well.
  • Take some paper and a pen with you so you can make some notes. 

How a Diagnosis Can Help 

If your child receives an autism diagnosis, it can help you to:

  • Receive autism support in Barlby schools, for example.
  • Realise that your child is not being difficult on purpose. 
  • Understand that your child’s needs might be different from other children’s.
  • Get the support you need. This can include financial support. 

If you receive an autism diagnosis, it can help you to: 

  • Get support at work, college, or university.
  • Receive some financial support. 
  • Understand why you might see and feel things differently. 
  • Understand why some things could be harder for you than they are for others. 

For information about the causes of and different types of autism, please visit this website: https://www.autism.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/what-is-autism

Where to Get Support 

You could get support from your friends and family. They could help you with day-to-day activities. In addition to this, they could also offer you some emotional support. 

There are also a few charities who could help. These charities are:

  • Ambitious about Autism – 020 8815 5444, ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk 
  • The National Autistic Society – 0808 800 4104, autism.org.uk 

You can also get help from local support groups and on social media. Your workplace, college, school, and your local council can also offer support. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk