Autism spectrum conditions

Autism is a spectrum condition. This means that it affects people in different ways. Autism is not always diagnosed in childhood: people can be diagnosed at any age.

Community Autism Support Service – CASS

This service supports autistic individuals aged 7 years and over to late adulthood, living in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Children and Young people aged 7-18

The children’s service supports children and young people aged 7-18 (up to their 19th birthday) who are on the neurodevelopmental waiting list for an autism diagnosis or have previously received a diagnosis but require support to manage both their and their family’s needs. Support is also offered to parents and carers. The service is NOT open to anyone who is working with CAMHS Rise for therapeutic work, or those working with social care or a family support worker.

Provision is for low level support focused around understanding and communicating feelings, sensory integration and processing, behaviour, boundaries and routines, eating and sleeping.

Parents, carers and family members

A range of support is also offered to parents and carers, including peer support and on-demand workshops. Parents and carers do NOT need a young person to be referred into the service in order to access this support.

Young adults and adults 18+

There are also two separate support groups for young adults (aged 18-25 years) and for adults 18 years and older. Support is offered to those who have been diagnosed with autism, are awaiting diagnosis or who think that they may have autism. It is not open to those who are eligible for or receiving learning disability support.

Face to face peer support groups provide comfortable, informal, safe spaces to meet others who may be experiencing similar difficulties.

Professionals

Professionals working with families with children and young people with an autism diagnosis or awaiting assessment can access ‘toolbox’ training sessions on a range of topics.

Family and Parenting support

In Warwickshire, parents and carers have access to a variety of parenting resources and advice.  Information, advice and support is available online, through telephone or face-to-face contact. This help is available to all families, including those with additional needs, to help them deal with issues as early as possible. It is a spectrum of support that ranges from information, advice and support that families can access themselves through to more individualised or targeted support.

Connect and Be Heard

Connect and Be Heard is a monthly online group for young people with SEND (not autism specific) aged from 12-25 and living in Warwickshire. There are two groups, one for 12-17 year olds and the other for 17-25 year olds.

SearchOut Warwickshire

SearchOut Warwickshire is a directory to help you find activities, services and events that are local to you. Find information on parent and/or children and young people’s support groups and activities, short breaks and other support services.

National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society has a wealth of information and support for autistic people and their families. They provide expert advice on a wide range of issues, including education, diagnosis, health and wellbeing, relationships, transitions and phone and email services.

Other useful links are listed on the right-hand side of this page (at the bottom if viewing on a mobile phone).

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