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I am a parent of an autistic child – what will this mean for me?

West Wales IAS does not provide assessments or work directly with young people under the age of 18. However, referrals for a diagnostic assessment can be accepted once a young person reaches 17½ years of age. Prior to this, they should access a diagnosis via the Neurodevelopmental Service within Hywel Dda University Health Board. Support can be offered to parent/carers of young people under the age of 18, as outlined further below.

Carers and parents of individuals with autism may access the service for:

  • Support in managing challenging behaviour
  • More information about autism and how to support someone with autism
  • Information on support available for parent carers
  • Advice and support on liaising with education and employment services
  • To meet other parent/carers of individuals with an autism diagnosis
  • Support in managing their own health and wellbeing

Whilst not working directly with children and young people, we work in partnership with other organisations to support you.

Where needed, we may also work with other staff involved with your child such as school staff or health visitors to make sure you and your child are given consistent support and advice.

You are able to self-refer to us, if your child has received a diagnosis of autism you will be able to access training and advice.

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