Right from the start

Ambitious about autism has boiled down a lot of material to produce their toolkit: Right from the start.     It is a guide to autism in the early years that takes parents through their autism journey up to starting school at the age of 4 or 5.     It covers quite a lot.     Broadly speaking there are three topics:

  1. Wondering whether your child is on the autistic spectrum
  2. Seeking a diagnosis – the autism pathway
  3. Living with autism – including education.

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Click icon to find it, after any sponsored items.      To view toolkit, select:

Right from the start toolkit | Ambitious about autism PDF

The webpage contains many individual checklists as well as a download now button.     Look for:

Parent toolkit – Ambitious about autism -> early years

Below are a few of the checklists from the toolkit.     You need the whole toolkit, though, to get the explanations that go with them.

The autism pathway

This chapter is about getting a diagnosis.

For the GP appointment, requesting an autism assessment, they recommend you take a filled in Understanding your child checklist.       It helps to make things clearer in your own mind and enables you to present a sound case for the GP to put your child forward for assessment.

Click icon to view checklist.

Tap button to download the checklist, then use PDF viewer.  

Download PDF – 150KB

For the autism assessment they recommend taking the one above and a completed Appointment checklist.      The idea is to enable you to present a clear picture of your child to the consultant – making all the key points needed for diagnosis.       

For the checklist, see parent toolkit webpage via the icon at the top of this page.

Tap button to download a compact version of the checklist.

Download PDF – 190KB

Practical support

This chapter is mostly about getting support for a child with Special educational needs & disability (SEND) in childcare or school.

There is a form called Choosing childcare checklist to help make notes when visiting each setting or childcare provider.     There are many kinds of registered childcare, including child-minders, private and maintained nurseries as well as those attached to a primary school.      Ofsted registers and inspects them.

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Tap button to download the checklist straight away.  

Download PDF – 110KB

Choosing a school

School admissions and applying for an EHC plan are two separate processes, even though they may run in parallel.      A mainstream school should make all reasonable adjustments for a child with autism.      Most children start school the September after they turn four, but parents can delay the start date if they think the child is not ready.

There is a form called School open day checklist to help think of what to note down about a school when you have a look around.

Click icon to view open day checklist.

Tap button to download, then open in PDF viewer.

Download PDF – 120KB

There is also a form called SENCO meeting checklist to help think of what to ask, and to organise your impressions from a SENCO when choosing a school.

Click icon for SENCO checklist.

Download, then open in viewer.  

Download PDF – 110KB


There are more chapters in this toolkit that might be worth a look, including Education, health and care (EHC) plans. under the heading Practical_support.      Find them in the complete toolkit, via the icon at the top of this page .

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