Carers Bucks can support you in your caring role for someone with autism – our support workers can talk to you over the phone and we may also be able to arrange for you to have counselling or relaxation therapies.

When you’re caring for someone else, it is very important to look after yourself, both physically and psychologically as it can be easy to forget your own health and mental wellbeing.

Caring for anyone with autism can be challenging, and parents may need additional support. You may want to exchange information with fellow carers who empathise and understand.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the name for a range of similar conditions that affect a person’s social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour.

It’s estimated that about one in every 100 people in the UK has ASD and more boys are diagnosed with the condition than girls.

The main features of ASD are problems with social communication and interaction and these can often be recognised during early childhood. Some features may not be apparent until a change of situation, such as when a child starts nursery or school. You can see your GP or health visitor if you’re concerned about your child’s development. 

Some people with autism grow up without their condition being recognised, but it’s never too late to get a diagnosis. There are several advantages to getting a diagnosis – it can help the individual and their family to understand the condition, and work out what type of advice and support they need, and a diagnosis may also make it easier to access autism-specific services and claim benefits.