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Autistic children, teenagers and young people may need additional help and support with education. Some will need highly-specialised education, others will follow a more mainstream path.

This section provides advice about school life such as getting extra help in school, dealing with school refusal and exclusion, bullying, and coping with exams.

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Everything you need to know

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Your education choices

Explore the options for educating your child, including at school and home education.
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Extra help for your child

Your child may need extra help in school or nursery. Find out about assessments, support and appeals.
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Resolving differences

Resolving issues with with local or education authorities, schools, and colleges and universities. 

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Guidance on identifying and dealing with bullying for young autistic people, and advice for parents.

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School absence and exclusion

Learn about why your child may refuse to go to school and different types of school exclusions in the four nations.
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Transport to and from school

Nation-specific advice and information about support with travel to and from school.

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Advice for parents on understanding your child's problems with homework, and how you can help.
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Exam guidance

Autistic pupils may face challenges during exams. Read our guidance on how you can help them to prepare.


Difficulties during break times

Read about why break times can be hard for autistic students and how parents and schools can help.
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Advice about moving between different stages of life, such as school, college and work.
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Explanations of some of the words and phrases you may come across in relation to your child's education.

Autism Helpline Number: 0808 800 4104
Last updated: 16/09/2019 20:46:54