Extremely informative article by Louise Desrosiers about the issues to be considered in child arrangement disputes involving children on the autistic spectrum. These include:

  • considering psychological, medical and/or educational reports
  • ask for a Cafcass officer with experience of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
  • the child may benefit from an independent non-parental advocate such as a guardian
  • consider the child's developmental age (rather than actual age) in any arrangements
  • Parental education (SPIPs or DVA courses) may be invaluable
  • flexibility built into the order to allow for ASD related events which may impede one party complying with agreements reached.
  • hygiene and safety