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Navigating support for children with autism - how can families' experiences be improved?
Autism Hope spoke to the parents of 37 children with autism and/or other Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
They wanted to understand people's experiences of:
- Getting a diagnosis
- Accessing support from services for their children
- Accessing support for themselves as a parent-carer
We heard that getting the right support in place can feel like a "battle" and that parent-carers fear being judged when they reach out for help. We also heard about experiences of support from a whole range of specialist services, including Ryegate Children's Centre, Speech and Language Therapy, and the Autism Team.
We hope that learning from these experiences - both positive and negative - will help to improve and streamline support for families in Sheffield.
To read in detail about people's experiences, and the recommendations we've made for improvement, read the report below.