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.
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!
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
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.
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!"
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.
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!
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...