Autism is a lifelong condition which affects both children and adults.

  • someone may have mild, moderate, or severe autism
    • this is why it is sometimes referred to as a spectrum, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • autistic people can be affected in different ways
  • some may be able to live relatively independent lives
    • while others may need support or have accompanying learning disabilities or other disabilities or suffer mental ill health
  • autistic people often have difficulty with communication and social interaction
  • some experience over or under-sensitivity to sounds, colours, tastes, smells, light or touch
  • some need clear routines or may have certain rituals or obsessions
  • no two autistic people will be the same
  • Asperger's Syndrome is a form of autism which also causes communication and emotional problems
  • the National autistic Society estimate that 11 in every 1,000 people (1.1% of the population) are on the autism spectrum

Autism is a hidden disability and affects people in different ways

Getting a Diagnosis

If you think you or your child may be autistic or have Asperger’s Syndrome please contact your GP to discuss your concerns. They can make a referral for a formal assessment if necessary.

For children of school age, you can also discuss any concerns you may have with the school. Find more information on our SEN page here.

Information about getting a diagnosis

Some people may be eligible for social care support. You are entitled to ask for an assessment of your social care needs. Find out more on our Care Needs Assessment page here.

Links to local and national information and advice websites and resources

Wakefield Autism Voice for Everyone (WAVE)

If you are on the autistic spectrum, live in Wakefield and would like to come along to a support group then WAVE could be what you are looking for.

WAVE is the only dedicated support group in Wakefield for autistic people.

There is a Lift Up Friends Learning Disability group on Tuesdays and a WAVE Autism group on Thursdays.

These groups are now run by Together for Mental Wellbeing

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