Help and advice for families with autistic children

Parents should decide when they want to tell their children about their autism, according to NHS guidelines. There is no right or wrong time.

The NHS says when you tell your child, it may help to:

  • do it when they're feeling calm or relaxed
  • talk to them in a place where they feel comfortable, with no distractions
  • explain they do not have an illness, but they might need extra support to help them with some things
  • explain they might find some things harder than other people, and some things easier
  • bring them to a support group to meet other autistic children

A range of charities are also able to offer help and support.

  • National Autistic Society

For parents of autistic children, young autistic people and autistic adults.

Call: 0808 800 4104 (Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm, Friday 9am to 3pm). Website:

  • Ambitious about Autism

For autistic children and young people, their parents and carers.

Call: 020 8815 5444E-mail: Website:

If you think you or your child needs help from a health professional, speak to a GP or the assessment team that diagnosed you. They may be able to refer you to a specialist who can help, such as:

  • an occupational therapist
  • a speech and language therapist
  • a mental health specialist

Source: NHS