Help with Autism

Autism is a developmental condition that can affect people in different ways. It often impacts how you see the world and how you interact with other people.

Autism is not a mental health problem, and whilst a lot of children and young people with autism have good mental health, around 7 out of 10 young people with autism have a mental health condition such as anxiety, depression or OCD.

Autism is a spectrum which means everybody with autism is different. Some autistic young people need little or no support. Others may need regular help from a parent, carer or a professional.

If you think you have autism some of the things you may notice include:

  • Difficulty recognising or understanding other people’s emotions and expressing their own feelings
  • Being over or under sensitive to things like loud noises and bright light, and finding crowded noisy spaces stressful or uncomfortable
  • Preferring familiar routes or a particularly routine and finding unexpected changes to these distressing
  • Do or thing the same things over and over
  • Difficulties reading body language, understanding sarcasm and facial expressions

If you think you may have autism it is important to speak to someone you trust so that they can help you get the support and assessments you need. This will normally be through your GP or School at first who will then follow Bolton’s Autism Pathway for children and young people.

Include Autism – Booklet for young people

Articles & Guides

Autism Guide for Young People

Young Minds have produced a guide for young people with autism

What is Autism?

A range of advice and guidance about autism developed by the National Autistic Society

Video

We Are Autistic

A video of children, young people and adults sharing their experiences of autism

What is Autism?

An animation by the National Autistic Society about what autism is

Autism Explained by Young People

Youth patrons from Ambitious about Autism explain what it’s like to be autistic and how you can support autistic people

Downloads

Top tops and practical resources for autistic young people