The National Health Service website offers a guide to established medical opinion in the UK. Click icon for their autism page. In What is autism? they say that autism is not an illness or disease. It means your brain works in a different way from other people. The NHS carries out diagnosis of autism and treatment of related conditions.
There has been some bad press about autistic children in mental health hospitals. NHS reforms to address failings are on-going. Click icon for an outline.
Here is an NHS booklet intended to be a good place to start for families to access appropriate support and services in Lincolnshire for children and young people with additional needs and complex difficulties / Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Click picture to download the booklet – at bottom of page.
The Lincolnshire County Council on-line Family Services Directory is the go-to place to find out about services. Click SEND icon on the left for the SEN and Disability section. It covers services for children with disability as well as education – e.g. Short breaks Click page icon on the right for the home page.
The directory is likely to be the place with the most up-to-date information. Service providers can update their own entries.
The Lincolnshire County Council website has many pages of information for parents of children with Special Educational Needs and Disability. Click icon to browse. It includes Short breaks and ESCO. Their website also has a Things to do page.
Council information about assessment and specialist services for children with a learning disability in Lincolnshire comes under the heading Children with disabilities social care. Click icon to browse. Short breaks and either social care or direct payments may be available. To find out how to arrange an assessment contact the Customer Service Centre on 01522 782 111.
The National Autistic Society have an on-line form as well as a phone number. But before you call or email check to see how they can help. They are much in demand, so it might be worth a look. See also Specialist advice & information services. See icons to the left for the next step. The Specialist Advice and information services page presents parents, carers and people with autism with a list of their specialist services to choose from. If the helpline is busy you could try their Find answer on-line page.
Child Autism UK is an autism charity. See website. It used to be called Peach. Click the phone icon to see how they might be able to help.
Lincolnshire Family Information Services: Looking for childcare? Want to know if you can get help paying for childcare? Want activities to do with your children? Looking for children and family services? We have lots of information for families, child carers and professionals …
Your Child’s GP might make a referral to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). They are behind the Cinema on St Catherine’s Road in Grantham.
For official information see: booklet webpage Grantham referral guide
See also what the forums say: referral shambles The replies are worth a look. Those with good experiences may be less motivated to speak out on these forums, but if you look carefully you should find some. Here is an insider’s view (new)
One of our autism mums said, I’ve had multiple dealings with CAMHS. They can diagnose and prescribe medication so they offer a variety of help as well as behaviour management. I find them excellent to deal with and they’ve been a fabulous support to us.
See also SEN support about the Lincolnshire Educational psychology service.
The Lincolnshire Carers Service is a partnership between Lincolnshire County Council and Carers FIRST. This service includes parents of children. First point of contact is the County Council’s Customer Service Centre: 01522 782 224 or firstname.lastname@example.org Click icon for the range of support for carers.
Carers FIRST is the new name for Carers connect. They provide emotional and practical support, advice, information, guidance and offer statutory carer assessments, social groups, short break respite, activities trips and more. Click icon for an introduction to Carers FIRST. Phone the number above to access Carers FIRST services.
Home-Start Lincolnshire are here to help – for free. If you are a family with young children in need of a helping hand – we’ve got a trained volunteer who will offer friendship, emotional and practical support through weekly home visits for as long as is needed.
Click icon to view their website. See also: support Grantham other local contacts 01507 308 030 email@example.com
Please be aware that we, at GAIN, are not qualified to give advice. See disclaimer.