Wouldn't it be great if autistic people, families and professionals could access the autism support they need in less than 60 seconds?

We think so too! That's why we created The Autism Plan.

Here, you can:

Watch online autism support videos.
Chat privately with our autism consultants.
Join our supportive global online autism community.

Whatever you choose, our autism support means no referrals, no waiting lists, and no need to move from your sofa.

About us

We started The Autism Plan specifically for autistic people, their families and professionals working in the field of autism and looking for accessible and relevant support, strategies, and education to help.

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Anna is an experienced Autism Consultant with a background in Speech and Language Therapy and autism and a history of managing the Autism Helpline at the National Autistic Society (NAS).

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Nicola has a daughter who is autistic, so she has first hand experience of the very unique challenges and delights of living with autism. She has spent the last 15+ years in the legal sector running her own firm for 10 years, and supports entrepreneurial women in business as Regional Director of The Athena Network.

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Deborah is a proud mother of two autistic teenage boys and has dedicated the last 15 years of her life trying to change the world’s perceptions of autism. An author, campaigner, speaker, and parent representative on The All Party Parliamentary Group for Autism, Deborah received an MBE in recognition of her outstanding contribution to global autism awareness.

One-to-One Support Plans

Autism Support For You

from £15
  • Do you have a specific issue or question about autism that you want help with, need some information about, or advice and guidance on? May be you want to talk about a particular challenge you are having with autism? Or perhaps you just need someone who understands autism to listen to you and understand?

    Take advantage of direct access to your own friendly and knowledgable Autism Consultant.

    Time speaking with our Consultants has been described as ‘life changing’ by our Members. Book in a for support time and experience this for yourself.

Gift Support To Someone Else

from £15
  • Offering the gift of support to a friend or loved one is a wonderful thing, but many people are not sure how best to do that. That's where we can help.

    Our Autism Consultants will guide, help and advise your friend or loved one, wherever they are on their autism journey.

    Whether that's navigating change, a particular challenging situation, or they just need a friendly and experienced person who understands autism to talk to. Let us help.

    Who will you offer the gift of support to?

Our Online Support Plans

We have Support Plans for People, Families and Professionals

The Autism Plan: For Families

When you receive your autism diagnosis, wouldn’t it be amazing if all the advice, information and knowledge to help you know what to do next was available to you right then and there in the comfort of your own home with no referrals, no form filling, no waiting lists and no time off work?

Well that’s exactly what we’ve created for you!

Our transformational family focused Course: “Autism: Everything We Wish We’d Known” is packed full of everything we wish we’d known when our children were diagnosed. We’ve collaborated with an inspiring collection of autistic influencers, professionals, parents and people to empower and inspire you to confidently take those next steps on your autism journey.

We know how it feels to be given a diagnosis, a label, and no practical help. It doesn’t have to be that way for your family.

The autism Plan for Family

The Autism Plan: For People

The autism Plan for People

It’s our mission to change the global perception of autism, so that autistic people don’t feel the need to mask their wonderful uniqueness in order to fit in with society’s ideal of ‘normal.’

It is well documented that autistic masking can lead to burnout and mental health issues - with devastating impact on those people, their families and society at large.

Our Support Plans focus on empowering teenagers and adults to feel safe, calm and confident in coping with their emotional regulation, varied social situations, the demands of the workplace and society, and independent living.

The Autism Plan: For Professionals

Are you an employer or a manager? Do you work alongside autistic people? Are your working relationships productive, thriving and fulfilling? If you answered ‘yes’ to all three questions, congratulations!

These days, diversity of thinking and approach in the workplace is highly sought after by businesses looking to stay ahead of the competition, but getting the most from your team at work requires understanding, honesty and and creating the right environment for performance and success.

There are many misconceptions about autism, but what is commonly known is that autistic people often approach situations differently, and autistic employees can bring a depth of diversity, focus and thinking which many businesses actively look for and embrace.

This Course gives employers and managers the skills, confidence and know-how to work well with autistic colleagues and value and harness the amazing contributions they make.

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Testimonials

The Autism Plan Claire Penberthy testimonial

"I really enjoyed the Autism: Quick Start online course. Having trawled websites and read various books, I found that the videos are a much easier way to process the information - the visual input helps greatly.  The inflections and tones increase understanding. It's also lovely to see a real, human being at the other end, describing their experience or offering hints, tips or advice. I have learned a lot from this and would definitely recommend it to others. The bitesize videos are so flexible, they allow me to do a bit, have a break and do a bit more when i have time. It is also easier to pause or stop / start if there are other distractions which there always are! It was also really great to hear from 11 year old Ellie directly and I really found some comfort, as a parent, in what she had to say!"

Claire Penberthy

The Autism Plan Sammi Devaney testimonial

My child was diagnosed with Autism on the 29th October 2018.

 

The Quick Start course has made me realise that what I've been feeling is completely normal.

 

I would definitely recommend the course to newly diagnosed autism families. If they’re anything like me, they’ll feel alone and ashamed of how they are feeling. I felt like it was my fault and I kept thinking how different our lives would be if Jaxon didn't have autism. but the course made me realise I have nothing to be ashamed of and all of those feelings are normal.  I now know I wouldn't change anything about Jaxon, autism is a part of him, we will now just take each day as it comes! Realising that was my favourite part of the course! I feel much happier and ready for our autism journey.

 

It taught me things I didn't know like the importance of sensory breaks.

Sammi Devaney

The Autism Plan Ulrika Coulson testimonial

This is me and my 6 year old son.  Watching your videos was a huge relief!  I'm grateful to have learned how to communicate better with him and what my next steps should be. You have opened my eyes so much in such a short time! Hearing from other families living the same life as me is very comforting and helpful. I was so lost before. Thanks to you, I now I understand how he hears and sees. I would highly recommend this course to newly and already diagnosed people and their family's and friends, even if you think you already know a lot, there is so much information that opens your eyes and mind. The course videos of people who have ASD are such an insight. Listening to their positive views of their gift, their way of thinking, hearing and seeing is so inspiring and helps you truly understand their unique way of experiencing the world. Thank you!

Ulrika Coulson

The Autism Plan collaborator My Boy Blue

Oh my God! What an amazing course!

 

It's so well laid out and SO easy to use. The workbook is an amazing idea and something I will definitely print off so I can makes notes on as I go along.

 

The videos are an amazing resource. 

 

In Ireland you get a diagnosis but no support and can be such a lonely and worrying time. I felt so lost and confused. This should be made available to EVERY family who gets an autism diagnosis.

 

Ellie's video sharing her positive view on her own autism gives me so much hope for the future. As a mom to a 5 year old who is autistic I often wonder how he will view his own autism. 

 

I LOVE the positive outlook on autism throughout the course.

 

The one video that has REALLY struck me so far is 'How you felt when your child was diagnosed,' I laughed, cried and I found myself nodding along to everything. This video could help SO many people, so many parents and carers.

 

Thank you so much for wanting to teach the world about Autism.

 

Thank you for wanting to help parents like me.

 

The Autism Plan gets 10/10 from me...

 

Thank you!!!

Nicole Duggan

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Just getting your head around Autism/Asperger’s/ASD – whatever it’s known as – is a challenge in itself. My son is 15 and a half but it’s only been in the last 3 years that I’ve started to come to terms with the way he thinks and speaks and lives. He doesn’t fit any neat diagnosis or box but as he gets older, his vulnerability is obvious and of course, keeping him safe in a world that he wants to be a part of, is tough.

 

After trying out different psychologists that were somewhere between disengaged, polite, interested or very busy but well meaning – we had come to an impasse of what to do. As a co-parenting, separated family knew that he needed support but didn’t know who or what to try next. By personal recommendation and extreme good fortune, we were put in touch with The Autism Plan and promptly booked ourselves in for a one-to one telephone consultation with Anna. In just one hour, Anna not only listened impartially and without judgement to our story but also  just ‘got’ what I was saying. About my son, our struggles, his daily challenges and behaviour traits – all of it. I have to say it was the best hour I’ve ever spent and left me feeling hopeful, understood and supported.

 

A telephone consultation may not seem like the most useful of ways to connect or get advice about something so personal and individual, but Anna’s clear and empathic approach immediately put me at ease. I came away feeling hopeful and with renewed energy. I love my son. His brain just works in a different way. I’m so grateful to The Autism Plan for giving me the opportunity to speak out and be heard. We are now in the process of being referred by our GP for a formal diagnosis. Not to label my son but to give him the opportunity to get help or support, if he wants it. Autism is such a loaded term but The Autism Plan really bring out the love and humanity of what it means to be on the spectrum and how to understand and care for your children in a way that brings happiness and peace to the whole family.

Katie Grant

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I have just finished my first telephone consultation with Rachel, The Autism Plan Consultant. She was fantastic! She was friendly, listened to me and I have come away with some fantastic transition tips which I plan to implement immediately. The strategies Rachel shared with me are transferable, so I will use them to prep my 10 year old for his school journey.

 

I will also now have a meeting with school to insure my son is as happy and safe as possible whilst away from home. I will then be arranging a transition meeting with his new school.

 

Thank you so much, Rachel!

Sarah and Matt Dean

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Following an ASD diagnosis for our 4 year old son Dylan in August we were feeling totally overwhelmed at the vast amount of information online and the lack of post-diagnosis support offered (pretty much a leaflet and sent on our way). Then we discovered The Autism Plan and it has changed our lives.

 

Anna, The Autism Plan Consultant, has been like an angel, so so knowledgeable but more importantly kind, empathetic and totally flexible to the ever changing priorities of family life with ASD. What I love the most is how bespoke the programme is, it’s not only tailored to your child/family, but can adjust week by week as new situations occur. We now have coping strategies & visual supports that help us & Dylan at home, at school & out in public, and Dylan is less anxious and beginning to thrive at school. Most importantly, the team at The Autism Plan really care, it’s like an extended family. The only downside is that I can’t adopt Anna and have her stay with us forever! Thank you The Autism Plan, you are making the ASD world a better place x

Charlotte Souber

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As parents of a son with ASD, we had met with several child psychologists and services in search of support and guidance. However, we were left feeling let down and ultimately abandoned, unsure of where to find help. After speaking with Anna at The Autism Plan, we felt as though someone understood us for the first time.

 

Anna was able to provide a clear route through diagnosis and beyond, listening carefully and answering our questions and concerns whilst providing all the information we needed.

 

Anna's extensive experience and knowledge was clearly evident although always presented in a genuinely supportive and caring manner. I can’t recommend The Autism Plan highly enough.

Steve Banks

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