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Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.  Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people.  If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be 'cured'.  Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.

Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a fulfilling life of their own choosing.

What do I do if I think my child has autism?

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Early Help Pathway

If you feel you might benefit from some support you can approach your health visitor to ask about the Early Help Pathway.  You can also go to see your GP.

You can find out more about Early Help on the Early Help pages.

Peterborough Child Development Unit

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The Peterborough Child Development Unit 

The Peterborough Child Development Unit assesses and manages children (0-5 years) who live in Peterborough city or north Cambridgeshire who have significant problems with development.

This includes, children with communication difficulties including autism (but excludes pure visual or hearing impairment).

Referrals are accepted from GPs, social care and other professionals and organisations working with young children and families (eg Portage, Early Years Service) for children registered with a GP in Peterborough, Yaxley and Whittlesey.  We also accept children who live in the Peterborough City Council area but who are registered with a GP in Stamford and Market Deeping. 

Peterborough Neurodevelopmental Service (NDS)

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The Peterborough Neurodevelopmental Service (NDS) is an integrated multi-agency/multi-disciplinary service for school aged children and young people (aged 5-17 years) with diagnosed or suspected ADHD or autism and youngsters (5-18 years) with a diagnosed learning disability.  The service is provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT).

The team is made up of consultant psychiatrists, consultant paediatricians, clinical psychologists, nurses, support workers and assistant psychologists.

Multi Agency Autism Strategy Group

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We have established a multi-agency autism strategy group and developed an autism commissioning strategy to provide a framework within which to improve service and support for children, young people and adults with autism.

Autism Specialist Teacher Service (ASTS)

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The Autism Specialist Teacher Service (ASTS) is a school based service and works with children and young people aged 4 years to 19 years who have a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Diagnosis (ASD).  

A parent/carer consultation service operates on the second Monday of the month. Appointments need to be pre- booked by telephoning 01733 863689. 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Specialist Teacher Service

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The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Specialist Teacher Service is a school based service that works with children and young people aged 4 years to 19 years who have received a diagnosis of an ADHD.  

The ADHD Specialist Teacher Service is a peripatetic service and works term time only, on the second Tuesday of the month

Transitions to Secondary Schools in Peterborough for Children with ADHD

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Although challenging to most children, the core symptoms of ADHD (Inattention, distractibility and impulsivity) can make moving up from Primary School to Secondary School a particularly demanding time.

Tasks that typically prove difficult to children with ADHD when they start secondary school may include:

  • Understanding a new timetable and learning the way round a new school
  • Noting down the homework accurately and completing the homework
  • Making new friends
  • General increased reliance on personal organisational skills.

The document on this page entitled 'Transitions to secondary schools' gives you hints tip and guidance that will help you during the transition.

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