Together achieving better decisions and brighter futures for Manchester families of children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)


What is Autism?

According to the National Autistic Society (NAS):

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.

Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways.

Other Names for Autism

Different labels have historically been used to diagnose autism:

– autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
– autism spectrum condition (ASC)
– classic autism
– Kanner autism
– pervasive developmental disorder (PDD)
– high-functioning autism (HFA)
– Asperger syndrome
– Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

This reflects the different diagnostic manuals and tools used, and the different autism profiles presented by individuals.

Read more at the NAS website.

Below are some of our articles relating to autism:

Virtual Q&A Regarding Social Communication Pathway

Following last year's approval of the new Social Communication Pathway (SCP) for Manchester, we have been working with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to run a parent/carer session where you will be able to ask questions you may have about this new

By |2021-02-23T12:11:34+00:00March 18th, 2021|Categories: , |Tags: , , |

Co-production with Children’s Community Health Services

We recently invited various partners from Manchester's Education, Health and Care services to reflect and share with us how co-production has helped them deliver SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities) provision to our families. Below is a message from Laila Baig (Head of Service Children

Improved Social Communication Pathway in Manchester

We recently received great news that, because the Social Communication Pathway pilot in South Manchester has improved the experience and wait time for children and young people undergoing assessment for autism, the pathway has now been approved for a city-wide roll out. This means that

By |2021-02-23T11:51:10+00:00July 10th, 2020|Categories: Information Sharing|Tags: , , , , , |

Parent Sharing: Setting up a Support Group with a Difference

After my son got a diagnosis of ASD at 2 years old, I felt alone. The waiting lists for SALT, OT and other services seemed endless. A few parents have approached me with the same heartache and I want that to change. Alongside MPCF I

Back to School Resources for Autistic Students, Their Parents and Schools/Colleges

At the start of June, Manchester produced a "back to school" pack that staff from Educational Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy and the Clinical Service for Children with Disabilities have put together as a multi-agency project. It includes a pack for parents, booklets for younger

“Creative Take Aways” for Neurodivergent Young People

We have recently been contacted by Starling, a charity that uses creativity and the arts to amplify the lived experience of neurodivergent young people, to bring good news about their "Creative Take Aways" project. The project, which makes free Creative Wellbeing Packs and access to

Q&A from the April Virtual Local Offer Drop-in

We asked participating organisations/teams in last month's Virtual SEND Local Offer Drop-in to collate questions that parents asked them so we can share the information to more parents & carers.Below are the questions that parents asked at the April SEND Drop-in (click or tap a

Educational Psychology Helpline for Parents/Carers of Children with an Autism Diagnosis from North, Central or South Manchester CAMHS

Please see below the message from One Education regarding their offer to provide telephone support to parents of young people with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder): During this period of school closure, Educational Psychologists are available to provide advice to parents/carers of children and young people

By |2020-04-22T17:21:53+01:00April 17th, 2020|Categories: Information Sharing|Tags: , , , , , , |

A Fun-Filled Inclusive Manchester Half-Term

A Fun-Filled Inclusive Manchester Half-Term - February 2020 As the school half-term approaches, it can become overwhelming trying to plan a truly inclusive, fun-filled week of activities to keep the whole family entertained - so we hope this list of events and sessions will help

By |2020-02-17T19:00:58+00:00February 17th, 2020|Categories: Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Developing an Intervention Pathway for Children and Adolescents with Autism

The Manchester Autism Board would like to invite parents and carers to join a small group that would co-produce an intervention pathway for children & young people with autism and their families. The first meeting will take a look at interventions provided by Health professionals

By |2019-10-25T18:50:49+01:00November 21st, 2019|Categories: |Tags: , , , , |