The Autism Toolbox: Health and Lifestyle

This "Toolbox" brings together advice, local support, services, activities and resources relating to autism. The name toolbox has been chosen to reflect that anyone, with or without an autism diagnosis, parents and professionals can make use of this information which covers various topics.  This section is about health and lifestyle.

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In this section (Jump to)

Health Passports

Making a GP Appointment

Community Nurses Team

Raise feedback or a complaint (Ask Listen Do)

Mental Health 


Healthy Eating

Healthy eating services and events


For Early years providers and professionals

Useful Websites and Apps



Health Passports 

Health Passport are free for anyone with a learning disability in Buckinghamshire and are also used in Milton Keynes and Central Bedfordshire. They are a great way for a person with a learning difficulty and autism to document their needs, wishes and other information which they can take along to their health appointments or a hospital stay. A trusted person can help fill in the Health Passport including:

  • Family member
  • Key worker
  • Community Nurse
  • Friend

To order a Health Passport visit the link below and contact Talkback using the option at the top right.

Read more about Health Passports

Making a GP Appointment 

If you are making a GP appointment for your child who is living with autism, there are options available to you to make the appointment run smoothly for all.

The Royal College of General Practitioners has created a checklist to help you make the most of your appointment.


Community Nurses Team for children with a learning disability 

A small team working across Buckinghamshire. They work with children and young people in their own homes, schools and respite units. They provide advice for parents/carers and help to enable them to put strategies in place about their child’s behaviour, sleep, continence promotion. They also go into schools to work in groups with children and staff around healthier lifestyles.

Read more about the Community Nurses Team


Raise feedback or a complaint (Ask Listen Do)

The NHS has developed Ask Listen Do a project to make feedback, concerns and complaints easier for people with a learning disability, autism or both, their families and carers. This includes across education, health and social care. This improves lives, the services people receive and it helps to keep people safe.  The project is about changing how things are done so people have their voices heard and have better experiences of services. Public sector organisations have a legal duty to do this under the Equality Act. You can find out more about Ask Listen Do in the easy read leaflet.

Find out more about Ask Listen Do and access useful resources


Mental Health 

CAMHS - for children 

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service website has a great interactive mental health section which covers common conditions and feelings, Relaxation Techniques, How to boost self-esteem, and of course referral information.

Take a look at the CAMHS website


Adult Mental Health Teams

Provide core mental health services in the community to adults of working age (between 18 to 65 years) with mental health problems. The Buckinghamshire teams are based in Aylesbury Vale and The Chilterns. The teams are made up of a number of different staff, including psychiatrists, psychologists, community psychiatric nurses (CPNs), approved social workers, occupational therapists and support workers. They give people the support they need to continue a full and active life in the community and work closely with GPs, service users and carers, and others. They also provide AMHT-based psychology services.

Read more about Adult Mental Health Teams


Healthy Eating

Eating (NAS)

The National Autistic Society (NAS) has information on diets and autistic people. It is common for some autistic people to have limited diets, this article features information problems to look out for, finding causes, food presentation, social factors and more.

The Eat Well Guide (NHS)

The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet. You do not need to achieve this balance with every meal, but try to get the balance right over a day or even a week.

Spark Buckinghamshire

A free 12-week group programme* for children aged 7 to 13 and their families. The programme consists of fun games and activities helping families make small changes for a BIG difference. You will learn how to make healthier food choices and how to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, whilst becoming more active. The website has also recipes for fun and healthy dishes. 


Find healthy eating services and events 

The "Healthy Eating" section of our website has many local services, activities and events covering food and diet. Many more are added during the holidays with things like cooking workshops and food courses.

View healthy eating services, activities and events



Video | Children with Autism can use Exercise as a Sensory Break


For Early years providers and professionals 

Community Nutrition Team NHS (Buckinghamshire)

Provide training, support and advice to early years providers and professionals across Buckinghamshire on topics of healthy nutrition such as weaning, fussy eating and nutritional guidelines. Their FREE 'Eat Better, Start Better' course is a popular training resource for Early Years professionals in Buckinghamshire.


Useful Websites and Apps 


MyLiferaft is an online place for all your health and well-being information, to help connect you and your carers. All your information will be stored safely and easily, allowing only those you choose to be able to access it. Overview: Store details, generate hospital passports, keep track of appointments and share your details.

Price: Free and paid-for accounts available.

Changing from child to adult care (NHS)


> Find more recommended apps and websites in the Emotional Wellbeing section of this toolbox.