Who we are and What we do
The Psychological service is part of the Education and Children’s Services Department in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. As such, the service operates within the wider aims of Comhairle Education Services to make a difference for children and young people.
Educational Psychologists promote child development and learning, mainly with children and young people from birth to 19 years, through the application of psychology.
The Comhairle has in place a staged process of assessment and intervention for children who require additional support, psychological advice and intervention which is provided as an integral part of that staged process.
Scottish Centre for Autism
The Centre works with children and young people age 0-18 years that may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The multi-disciplinary team provides a national second opinion assessment and diagnostic service on complex or contentious cases for children and young people, which includes a consultation only service for professionals on request.
NHS Choices Autism Diagnosis Information
See information about the British diagnosis process for autism, as well as accessing relevant articles and a patient forum.
SIGN guides and free apps
The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) have published a range of guides for children and young people, as well as parents and carers following a diagnosis of autism. These are available in a range of languages, including Gaelic. You can also download a free app for android and Apple devices.
Ambitious About Autism Diagnosis Resources
Ambitious About Autism have a broad range of resources covering every aspect from how to receive a diagnosis, challenging a diagnosis and coming to terms with it. Short videos of people's stories are also available.
Scottish Autism online support programme
The Right Click programme has been developed specifically for parents or carers of individuals with autism. During the registration process, participants will be asked questions about their young child, teenager or adult in order that we can provide more tailored support if required.
The programme is free to join and start dates are scheduled regularly throughout the year.
*UPDATE* Scottish Autism are launching a new element to Right Click specifically aimed at women with autism of all ages.
Post-diagnosis booklet for parents
This guide from the National Autistic Society aims to provide parent/carers of children who have recently received a diagnosis of autism helpful information and start to answer some of the common questions you may be facing.
You can also access a free helpline and receive information via an interpreter in a range of languages.