Getting benefits and support is supposed to be based on what a person appears to need, not what diagnosis they have. So you can apply for benefits and support for your child whether or not they have an autism diagnosis. Your child may be entitled to:
As a parent/carer, you may also be able to claim Carer’s Allowance.
An autism diagnosis can be difficult to come to terms with. You may be coping with a condition you know very little about, and trying to find new ways for everyone to live together and feel supported. Some professionals offer a follow-up service, but what this includes varies. It can mean regular visits to monitor your child’s progress or telephone advice.
Find out more about support you can get after your child’s diagnosis, and guidance on telling your child about their diagnosis.