Child Autism UK is an autism charity based in Ascot, Berkshire which provides information and support for parents of children with autism.

The organisation was known as Peach – Parents for the Early Intervention of Autism in Children from foundation to it’s rebrand as Child Autism UK in 2015. The rebrand reflects more closely the role of the organisation providing advice and services to families of children with autism.

One of the main services that Child Autism UK offers is a helpline for parents. Many parents find it difficult to get answers to their questions when their children have problems; they do not know where to turn. Child Autism UK provides information packs and importantly puts parents in contact with other parents who have been through the same processes and now have a positive outlook. When parents first get a diagnosis or feel their child has difficulties they often feel bereft, mourning the child they thought they had. Child Autism UK shows them that significant progress can be made, and helps them move forward.

Child Autism UK has a team of clinicians who work throughout the UK providing behavioural programmes in homes and in schools which enhance intellectual, academic, social and emotional behaviours so that children can take better advantage of opportunities in their community and need less support as they grow older. A mum recently told us, “We feel we were given an enormous amount of support and care. You took away the fear”.

Autism is a complex developmental disability which is also a lifelong condition. It affects the way a child communicates and relates to the world around them. It’s described as a spectrum disorder, which means that children can be affected to different degrees, some severely and others in more subtle ways. All children with the condition will be affected by a range of impairments, which involves all, or some of the following areas of difficulty:

Social interaction – they find it hard to interact socially with other children, or to make friends. Often having problems recognising or understanding others’ emotions and feelings, and expressing their own.

Imagination – they have trouble engaging in imaginative play and tend to prefer more repetitive and rigid activities. Children with autism may not grasp the concept of danger or handle new situations well.

Communication – they have difficulties developing speech or meaningful communication, such as understanding gestures, facial expression or tone of voice. Our children may take language very literally or find it hard getting the point of a joke.

Children with autism may experience sensory over-sensitivity or under-sensitivity which prevents them understanding the world they live in: what they see, hear or sense. They often prefer a fixed routine, are averse to change and exhibit disturbances in behaviour, sleeping and eating patterns. Each child has their own unique perspective of the world. Many children have particular strengths and abilities such as an excellent memory. Some grow up to be gifted artists, musicians and writers.

The causes of autism are still uncertain.

There is no known cure but early intervention helps a child grow up to reach their full potential.

Child Autism UK’s work includes raising awareness of Autism and ABA and seeking to maintain and promote professional standards within ABA practice. You can read more about these functions here:

Awareness Raising

Monitoring Standards