CAHMS help and advice

Hi everyone, I would really appreciate some advice. My daughter is 8 and has ASD, she’s very complex and non verbal. Over the past 12 months she has developed crippling anxiety/panic/OCD/self harm, no triggers and no reason for attacks.

She has been referred to CAHMS, at initial therapist appointment told she needed urgent Psychiatrist appointment (within 4 weeks), 3 months later (and her condition deteriorating) still not seen, I’ve been plaguing them will calls and they trying to fob me off with a therapist again. Her LD nurse is helping but they just told her ‘they would look into her case’

im so mad - my daughter needs help. Do you think there’s a benefit in seeing a private and well respected child psychiatrist I have sourced privately? I just don’t want to to be a detriment for her to be stepping on CAHMS toes so to speak?

Any help appreciated x

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  • Hi ,
    I'm sorry to hear about the situation that your family is currently going through. It may be of benefit to you to contact the team at our autism helpline. You can call them on 0808 800 4104 (Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm, Friday 9am to 3pm), although please note that the Helpline is experiencing increasingly high demand, and you may not reach them straight away.

    Please see the following link for further information:

    Additionally, it may be worth visiting the Young Minds website
    Best wishes,
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