These short films and factsheets build on the success of Overcoming Barriers, which tells the stories of some of the Bristol-based Somali families supported by Autism Independence. The films address some of the issues raised in the hundreds of YouTube comments following the launch of Overcoming Barriers.
Available in both English and Somali versions, the films and factsheets offer evidence-based advice and top tips.
Not knowing why your child’s doing what they’re doing can be frustrating and overwhelming. But they’re not naughty or bad. You are not a bad parent. You need to understand why they’re doing it. If you think your child might have autism, this film explains what you need to do to get support.
This video explains a bit about the process of getting an autism diagnosis. Going through the process of getting an autism diagnosis can be confusing. There are lots of different professionals involved. But they are all there to help you and your child.
Some people might worry that their child has a mental illness or is possessed. But autism really means that the brain is wired differently. It is a lifelong condition but it does not mean they cannot succeed. This video includes tips on how to help support your child.
Someone with autism will always live with autism. It’s a lifelong condition. There’s no cure. Faith, spiritual healing might help you to cope with the situation but it won’t replace getting support and teaching them life skills. This video explains how to help your child and get the support you need.
Some childhood illnesses are very serious and can be life threatening. These include measles, mumps and rubella – MMR. The MMR vaccination prevents children from getting these illnesses and protects them throughout their whole lives. This film explains how there is no link between autism and the MMR vaccination.