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S J Wardell

Support Rquired

Sun 24 Jan 2016 6:18pm

Many people discuss the support needed by parents, but what about the support needed by those diagnosed?

My son was recently diagnosed with being on the spectrum; my wife and I punched the air as we thought that this would provide a catalyst for the support our son needs. How wrong we were! Since our sons diagnosis, we are no further forward than we were six years ago. Do we have to continue to raise our son without any support, or direction? What an complete sham this is for any person with a hidden disability and those who care for them.

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Early Years Assessment -- Ambitious about Autism project

Sat 23 Jan 2016 4:18pm

Hi all,

Early Years Assessment and Parent Training Programme


Do you have a child with a diagnosis autism aged 1 – 4?

Are you based in London?

Are you applying for or currently undergoing EHC needs assessment?

Able to attend a 2 day parent training at Ambitious about Autism, North London?


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Private Diagnosis Recommendations

Sun 10 Jan 2016 5:55am

Hi there, 

Seriously considering having a private assessment conducted for my son and looking for recommendaions in the London or North Yorkshire area (or someone willing to travel). 

It would have to be someone who could assess him at home as he shuts down in unfamiliar environments. 

I realise it may not hold any weight with NHS services but that's fine. 

TIA xx 

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Unable to Score ADOS :-(

Fri 8 Jan 2016 3:20pm

Hi everyone. 

Buttercup's picture

Pathological Demand Avoidance

Wed 6 Jan 2016 1:13pm


Hi, I subscribe to a few blogs on autism and I recently came across this blog post on PDA https://taniaannmarshall.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/jekyll-and-hyde-children-or-pathological-demand-avoidance-syndrome-pda/ it was like a lightbulb moment for me and I started reading up on it pretty much immediately. It is part of the autism spectrum, although it is not recognised by all countries as a separate diagnosis. 

Amy - Community Champion
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Hayleigh Sharp

Advice please!

Tue 29 Dec 2015 9:19pm

Hi I am desperate for some advice on my boyfriend who has Aspergers. We have been arguing about various things recently but the main one being that he doesn't work. He is 24years old and hasn't worked since leaving school. He has tried various jobs for a few hours but says he couldn't cope. We have been together 2 years now and I just can't see any future between us if things don't change.

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Silly Sally

Seriously, how long should a diagnosis take?

Mon 23 Nov 2015 10:07pm

Well, just thought I would give a little update (lack of) we still don't know if the first born is on the spectrum or not. I really thought all the assessments would be finished by now, I've read that some people have an answer in months and this has been going on for years. The school are using the term autism in relation to him now but I'm not convinced that he will get a positive diagnosis. The ADOS was months ago now and we haven't had any feedback other than "he did really well actually" as he was handed back to me.

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Stu S

New and open to advice

Mon 26 Oct 2015 8:17pm

Hi there, my 2 year old son has very recently been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. It hasn't' been a complete shock as myself and my wife had our suspicions. Now it has been realised we are finding it hard not to analyse everything he does and feel he is now worse than he was before even though this probably isn't the case. Just got through another meltdown while trying to get him ready for bed.

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The Lost Girls

Sun 25 Oct 2015 5:21pm


Just been reading this really interesting research on girls on the spectrum.    It's called The Lost Girls and it's from the Spectrum News.    Some really good observations in it.



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