Welcome to Network Autism

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Welcome to Network Autism, I'm Mat and I'm the Network Autism manager.

Network Autism has been created for anyone working with autistic people to come together, share their experience, ask questions and get support.

We want it to be a friendly support network and myself and the other Network Autism team will always be on hand to help. If you're new to the site, have any initial questions or would just like to say hello you can post in this discussion. 

We've just re-launched the entire discussions section of the website, refreshing all the content as well as keeping some previous discussions that we think might still be of interest. This is a great time to get involved and start sharing ideas or any challenges you face in your work that others can help to support with. There are lots of different forums set up in the discussions area so please have a look at some of the existing ones and get involved! 

Edited on February 23, 2017 - 9:07am

February 22, 2017 - 3:19pm

Hello and welcome to Network Autism. I’m Chris, one of the Network Autism Information Officers.

We’re really excited to be relaunching the discussions section, encouraging autism professionals to share their questions and good practice with others!

We also have a specific space for events and notices, including links to research surveys that you’re undertaking, in the Upcoming events and notices forum.

Many thanks,


Nathalie Dick

February 28, 2017 - 11:44am

Hello and welcome to Network Autism.  I'm Nathalie, one of the Network Autism Information Officers.

As Mat and Chris have already said, we are very excited by the relaunch of our discussions section. This is great opportunity to ask questions and share good practice and information.

Perhaps you know of a great service, a good practical resource or have read an article which you'd like to share with other professionals.  All ultimately help to support autistic people and their families. 

There are many discussion topics already, but do feel free to start a new one if yours is not yet covered. 

Many thanks


March 28, 2017 - 9:41am

Hello. I am from the United.States of America, and I live in the state of Kentucky. I received my EdD in Educational Leadership; Post Secondary Education with a Certificate of Autism. My dissertation was written on the perception of middle school teachers on how prepared they were to teach students who had autism. I will be traveling to Australia in October and would like to meet with professionals in that country in order to gain insight on how teachers prepare to work with individuals who have autism, and the professional development they are offered.

March 28, 2017 - 4:09pm

Welcome to Network Autism Lynda, great to have you as a member and to learn a little more about you! 

In terms of links with professionals in Australia, there are a couple of obvious names that come to mind of people we have worked with. Firstly, it would be useful to contact Prof Tony Attwood - details on his website - Secondly, you might want to also speak to Tania Marshall - again details can be found on her website - I am sure they would be great starting points for you. Tania wrote an interesting article for us as part of our 'autism around the world' series that you might find useful, called Autism in Australia 

I hope this is a useful start! 

May 15, 2017 - 6:21pm

Hi all

We are preparing to send out a questionnaire to all our known Autistic patients (age group young adult upwards) asking what their requirements are.  This is to enable us to focus on the services we are going to buy in to serve that need.   We require a questionnaire and rather than inventing the wheel again wondered if anybody had done such a survey before and has a questionnaire we can use? 

Steve South CEO in-tend (Autism Researcher PPG)  

May 2017

July 05, 2019 - 3:35pm

I work in ABA therapy and early intervention with children who have been diagnosed with ASD. I’ve also been under the assumption that person centered language is preferred but I’ve been seeing some stuff recently that says otherwise. Curious if someone could help educate me educate.

Nigel gray

September 23, 2019 - 6:06pm

Hi all

im new to this site and wondered if any one could share a list of practitioners who undertake autism assessments in adults. This is for my son 

im a social worker with 30 years experience. 25 in child care and 5 in mental health. We had an assessment team in Bradford, however, this has not taken on new referrals for 2 years. 

Any help would be greatly appreciated 




September 24, 2019 - 1:26pm

Hi Nigel

I'm sorry to hear about the difficulties you and your son are facing in getting an autism assessment. Network Autism is a network to share professional good practice so your enquiry would be best sent to the Autism Helpline who will be able to give you specific advice:

Autism Helpline

There is also some information and advice about diagnosis for adults on the National Autistic Society website:

Many thanks,