This page provides lots of information about your diagnosis of autism, what it means and how it may affect your life.
What is autism?
Here are some facts about autism:
- Autism is something that you were born with and will stay with you for the rest of your life
- Being autistic just means that your brain works in a different way to other people, this means that you may think and feel different to other people
- Being autistic does not stop you from having friends or having a relationship or even getting a job, you might just need extra help with these things
- Autism is not an illness and it is no one's fault
- Autism is different for everyone, so you may be able to do things that someone else with autism is unable to do or they are able to do something that you can’t
- Some autistic people may need help and support with some things
BBC Newsround have some videos of other autistic young people, click on the image below to go to the page. We especially like this video (it is half way down the page).
Information for those aged 16 and older
If you are aged 16 years or older we have another page with information on:
- transferring to adult services
- options after you finish school
Autism and your Mental Health
Just like lots of other people, you may have times in your life when you are struggling with your mental health (how you feel). If you feel like you are struggling with this, it is important to speak to someone you trust or maybe a doctor. They will be able to help get you the help and support you need.
You can find more information about autism and mental health here: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/conditions/autism-and-mental-health/
Groups for you
There are several groups in Bath and North East Somerset that you might be able to go to:
BASS Autism Services for Adults with Autism: http://www.awp.nhs.uk/services/specialist/autism-spectrum/support-groups/
Butterflies Haven: https://www.butterflies-haven.com/
FACES - a group for you and your siblings - https://www.facesautismsupport.org.uk/
Keynsham and District Mencap Society: https://www.keynshammencap.org.uk/
Life Project Bath: https://www.lifeprojectbath.org.uk/
Information for your siblings (brothers and/or sisters)
If your siblings need some information to help them understand your autism diagnosis, they can find some information on the National Autistic Society's website: https://www.autism.org.uk/about/family-life/siblings.aspx
They might also be able to get some support from the Carers Centre, why not let them know they can contact the Carers Centre to see what they might be able to offer.
Sibs offers support to siblings of disabled children and adults, and advice for parent/carers in supporting the needs of siblings.
For more information about autism, you can visit the following websites:
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