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Autism Hub Trafford

Special Educational Needs and Disability

Here you will find information advice and local support service for people with autism, parent carers of children or young people with autism and those who work with them.

In addition to the services listed below you can find many more services, activities, things to do and a wide range of SEND advice and guidance on Trafford's SEND Local Offer.


In this section:


Post Diagnostic Support

Specialist Services - Social Care

Specialist Services - Health

Specialist Services - Education

Support for Children and Young People

Support for Parent Carers

Support for Adults with Autism

Housing support



Autism is a lifelong developmental condition, which affects people in different ways. Autism is not always picked up in childhood; people can be diagnosed at any age.

There are different services available for diagnosis and support depending on how old you are.

Trafford Autism and Social Communication Pathway (TASC) for children and young people

Trafford Extended Service - diagnostic service for adults


Post Diagnostic Support

Post diagnostic workshops for parent carers - designed for parent carers of recently diagnosed children with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC).

Trafford Extended Service post diagnosis group for Adults - autism diagnosis service, with focussed post-diagnostic and group support


Specialist Services

Social Care

Adult Social Care (Complex Care), to support smooth transitions, assessment and reassessment.

Community Care Assessments If you are an adult and have a diagnosis of autism you are legally entitled to an assessment under the Care Act (2014).

Children's Complex Needs Team (CAN), undertake social care assessments and provide access to specialist support for eligible children

Trafford Early Development Service, supports children and their families through Portage developmental play sessions.


Learning Disability Health and Wellbeing

Community Learning Disability Team - Children, support services for Children and Young People up to the age of 18 who have significant and enduring learning disabilities with additional and complex needs

Community Learning Disabiity Team - Adults, health support for people over the age of 18 who have a learning disability

Community Paediatric Team - specialist children’s doctors with training and expertise in developmental paediatrics and disability

Community Therapy Service - includes Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy

Encompass Psychological Services - courses for parents to help understand their child's behaviour (Riding the Rapids)

Healthy Young Minds - service for children and young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties

Speech and Language support for early years children

Speech and Language Therapy - children and young people

Speech and Language Therapy - adults

Supporting children and young people with autism and mental health needs - a series of online webinars co-delivered by Ambitious About Autism and young people. Several dates through August to early November. 


Education, Health and Care (EHC) Assessment Team - manage the EHC assessment process

Trafford Educational Psychology Service - work with children, teaching staff, parents/carers and other agencies. to improve educational outcomes for children and young people

Trafford Independent Travel Training - offer training to young people on how to get to and from school by themselves, as well as preparing them for other journeys they will want to make as they get older. 

School is Difficult project from Spectrum Gaming


Job Centre Plus - Disability Employment Advisor, Stretford 

Job Centre Plus - Disability Employment Advisor, Alexandra Park 

Job Centre Plus - Disability Employment Advisor, Altrincham 

Pure Innovations - provide formal autism/disability training in the workplace and supported internships

United Response - support for adults with Learning Disabilities and Autism to gain employment

Housing Support

Greater Manchester Autism Consortium Housing Resources provides guidance for autistic and learning disabled people who need help with renting a home or due to threat of eviction.  There are also guides for private landlords, housing support organisations and housing association landlords to supporting autistic and learning disabled people.


Support for children and young people

42nd Street - provides support services to people aged between 13 and 25 who are under stress, including those with autism.

I AM (formally ASGMA) based in Stretford and offers group activities, 1:1 support, parent and carer support for people on the autism spectrum who live throughout Greater Manchester.

BlueSCI - social enterprise supporting adults who may be experiencing emotional or psychological distress.  People with autism are welcome at Blue SCI.

Early Help - aim to make sure that services to support children, young people or adults and their families are there when they need them

Leisure for Autism -playschemes for children age 4 to 16

Short Breaks - an activity for a child with disabilities that also provide a break for the parent carer and family. Sense are running Get Out There Holiday Clubs specifically for children and young people with Autism. Sport Works with Gorse Hill Studios provide other council funded clubs for children and young people. 

Meridian  overnight short breaks service for children and young people with autism spectrum conditions.

Sleep Tight Trafford - to help parents improve their children’s sleep so that they can get a good night’s sleep too! 

Support for Students - to help you choose what to do when you leave school.

Talkshop - specialist advice and information service for young people aged between 13 and 19 years old

Spectrum Gaming -  friendly and accepting community for autistic people (aged 13 and above) who have a shared passion for gaming. Provide support with school anxiety through their School is Difficult project


Support for parent carers

Trafford Carers Centre - provides information and support to carers, completes carers assessments and carer health checks. The autism carers group meets on a regular basis.

Early Help - aim to make sure that services to support children, young people or adults and their families are there when they need them

Trafford Parents Forum - open to all parents and carers of Trafford’s children and young people (0 -25) with Special Education Needs or who are disabled. 

High Functioning Trafford - social opportunities for children and young adults with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome


Support for adults with autism

Autism Trafford drop in group - for anyone affected by Autism or Aspergers

CEA Cinema Card  - if you are claiming certain benefits you may be eligible for a CEA card which allows you to obtain one free ticket for the person who is accompanying you to enable you to visit the cinema.

Women with Autism - to share experiences, get help and advice and make friends

Empower You! - exercise sessions for people with learning difficulties and autism