Support and INFORMATION for Families of School Aged Children on the ASD Waiting List

HELPFUL INFORMATION – Click here  for some helpful information and resources for parents and carers of children/young people who are waiting for an assessment for autism.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – click here  to see a helpful list of frequently asked questions about autism.  


The Open Minds Partnership provides individual and group support to parents and carers of school aged children and young people who are on the waiting list for an assessment for autism in Calderdale.

The local branch of NAS (National Autistic Society) also provides peer support and opportunities to meet. Visit: NAS Calderdale Branch to find out more.

INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT – A skilled and qualified practitioner called Anneliese is employed to provide support to parents/carers of young people on the ASD waiting list.  The support can be accessed by completing a simple form (see below) or by phoning 01422 300 001.

Feedback from parents who have accessed this support has been extremely positive. Some examples are:

‘This is a very useful service for families on the waiting list’
‘We felt reassured and listened to’                                                                              ‘We were given practical strategies as well as websites’                                 ‘The support really benefited us as well as our young person’                   ‘Gave reassurance that we were actually helping our daughter, plus new ideas to help her further’                                                                                                       ‘You have no idea what a difference you have made to us’

Once a request for support is submitted we will make contact within a few days to discuss what support might be helpful.

The service is able to offer the following:

  • individual support to parents and carers
  • strategies and problem solving techniques
  • information about resources and other helpful services
  • support to professionals who are working with the young person

The service is not:

  • able to provide crisis support
  • part of the autism assessment process
  • able to provide information about waiting times/assessment dates

We will add the information you provide on the form to the child’s records.

Please note that this form should not be used to make us aware of any risk or urgent issues as it may not be read straight away.

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