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Supporting children with ASD – How can Tree of Hope help?

Though we can not provide grants for children with autism, we provide an effective fundraising platform for families who wish to raise funds for interventions, therapies and services that are not ordinarily provided for by the UK health service for their children diagnosed with autism or Asperger syndrome. Our model and dedicated family support service allows you to fundraise more effectively and efficiently so contact us to start fundraising today.

PLEASE NOTE: We can only support fundraising for medical treatments that are recognised by a medical governing body or, if experimental, are part of a registered clinical trial.

Tree of Hope can meet the needs of your autistic child. Click here to get in touch and find out more information from our family support team and how you can get started!

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What is autism?

Autism or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is much more common than most people think, with about 1 in 100 diagnosed with it, meaning that around 700,000 people are diagnosed with autism in the UK alone. Autism is not always immediately apparent in those that are diagnosed, as it is a lifelong developmental disability and the symptoms can be more severe for some than others. Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to the rest of us and things that might seem straightforward such as language or metaphors can be confusing. Autism is also a spectrum condition, which means that although there are common difficulties, people with autism will be affected in a different variety of ways.

We work with a number of experienced suppliers and therapy providers to help families get access to services and interventions to assist your child’s symptoms. Caudwell Children have just launched Britain’s very first independent center for Autism where they are dedicated to revolutionising the way people in the UK are affected by the condition, from diagnosis to therapy and research. Other autism specialists we work with include: UK YAP, Ambitious About Autism, Research Autism and The Sound Learning Centre. 

Signs and Symptoms of Autism in Children

Early signs of autism can be difficult to diagnose as the symptoms are not always immediately obvious. Asperger syndrome is even more difficult to diagnose and is usually only diagnosed later in children than autism as signs are not always recognised until adulthood. This in itself can affect children with autism as without diagnosis they might feel alienated and unsure why they find social situations more difficult. Although autism is a spectrum disorder, there are some common symptoms and characteristics associated with it:

Sensory Processing Disorders – autistic people can find their senses are easily overpowered and this can cause distress. Things like touch, sound and light can cause them problems.

Routine – people who suffer from autism feel uncomfortable when they don’t know what is coming next. A regular routine will make them feel more at ease.
Special Interests – autistic people can often have an intense interested in a given subject and will have a wide range of knowledge on all aspects of it.

Jennifer’s Ockwell gives us her top 10 tips to help a child through their formative school years.

Jennifer was a guest invited along to one of our Medical Committee meetings and is a Mother of two autistic children. From her challenging, real life experiences of bringing up her children and the difficulties they have faced, she now tutors teachers and education specialists about the best ways to deal with autism in school

Autism affects around 1 in 100 people

That's over 700,000 people in the UK

Autism Treatments

Although there is no cure for autism, you can manage it and make it easier to handle. There are a range of interventions, therapies and approaches that can make your child’s life more bearable including ABA Therapy, sensory equipment, assistive technology devices and support.

Head to our Partner Organisations page to find therapists and suppliers we work with who provide interventions and techniques to assist with Autism and other conditions.


What is Asperger syndrome?

Asperger syndrome is a form of autism and affects those diagnosed differently to other forms of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often considered to have an above average level of intelligence but face difficulties in other aspects of life. They don’t necessarily have the same difficulties with speech and language that others diagnosed with autism encounter, but they might still have difficulty processing language. People with Asperger syndrome have described a constant feeling of being overwhelmed by the world and the things around them. A common problem that they experience is a lack of empathy and a dislike to any change in their established routines. Or it could be that they, in fact, have too much empathy as explored at


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