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Welcome to Talk about Autism - the UK's largest online autism community!

Our community is a safe space, which provides an invaluable source of peer support. Members can post questions, provide information and share experiences with those who have first-hand experience or a deep connection with autism. This community is not a help or crisis service.

This community is moderated by a small team of Ambitious about Autism staff during office hours, Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm. It is not moderated outside of office hours. This includes evenings, weekends and bank holidays.

Our community guidelines were last updated in April 2020. If you’re an existing or new member of Talk about Autism, please take a few moments to read about how you can get the most from being part of our community.

Talk about Autism was created in partnership with TalkTalk.

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Laurajane13's picture

I need a second opinion on my autism assessment

Fri 19 Feb 2021 9:54am

Hi, I had an autism assessment on Monday and it didn't go well. I don't agree with the outcome and I'd like to know what I do about getting a second opinion. 

Parents who have ASD

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Parents who have ASD

Tue 02 Feb 2021 12:42pm

Hello everyone,

Life is tough in lockdown and I wondered if anyone has any tips about parenting when you have ASD. 

I have a 4 year old and I struggle to want to play with him sometimes. 

When we do play, I get lost in thought and can't really get stuck in.

Can anyone relate? How do you work around this?



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Thu 21 Jan 2021 7:59pm

Hello everyone and thank you for admitting me into your forum.

I am a grandad to two young boys, father to two beautiful daughters and husband to a very long suffering wonderful wife. I am nearly retired, now only working occationally, so I am spending a lot more time with my wife, who still works 3 days a week but with Covid, most of that is working from home.

We have had problems in our relationship for years, because of my lack of feelings, but it is now getting worse...

**journalist request**

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Cat Ferris

**journalist request**

Thu 10 Dec 2020 12:16pm

We’re working with a journalist who is investigating SEND tribunal fees. If anyone has any data on the amount local authorities have spent on tribunal fees this year please contact Cat in our press team by emailing Or if anyone has been through the...

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London School of Economics survey on Autism Spectrum Disorder

Mon 02 Nov 2020 11:33am

The London School of Economics is conducting a survey on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and would like to invite you to respond to a survey on quality of care and health, education, employment and social experiences in autistic individuals and those close to them. Improving our knowledge of these issues will help inform care and management in ASD and provide recommendations on potential improvements in these areas to...

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