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NHS Autism information

The NHS Autism support pages offer advice, support and also related facts.

People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) typically have difficulty with communication and social interaction. ASD can be detected during infancy, these children usually find it hard to make eye-contact, express themselves and be around other children of the same age; they also struggle to read other people’s emotions. If you are concerned about your child’s development and behaviour always talk to your health visitor.

The symptoms of ASD are the same within adulthood and if un-diagnosed can lead to social isolation, anxiety and depression.

Integrated Autism assessment and support pathway for children and young people

The integrated autism assessment and support pathway (PDF, 300KB) provides a framework for autism assessment and integrated support for children and young people aged 0-25 across Cheshire East, and delivers a multi-disciplinary, coordinated assessment and diagnosis framework that reduces duplication and leads to a single, shared plan of support.

The integrated autism assessment and support pathway is made up of the following:

  • Getting advice – First Concerns Pathways 
  • Getting help – Autism Assessment Pathway
  • Getting more help – Pre and Post-Diagnostic Support Pathway 
  • Getting risk support - Prevention of Crisis/Specialist Risk Support 

Cheshire East All Age Autism Strategy 2020-2023 

The Council, health, our partners and importantly, Cheshire East residents who experience autism as part of their lives have coproduced an autism strategy in which we set out our vision and priorities for services for people with autism; 

While the Strategy is informed by the Autism Act 2009 and the National Autism Strategy, it is shaped by our children, young people and adults to ensure we all work to meet their needs and aspirations. 

Achieving our vision and priorities is crucial, so we will monitor the delivery of the strategy and provide annual updates, which will be available on this page.

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