If have noticed your child displaying signs of autism, you should speak to a professional. This can include your GP, health visitor, a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) at school, or other professionals your child is working with. They may give you a referral for an autism assessment. This is what leads to a diagnosis if your child is autistic.
This is part of our guide to autism assessment and diagnosis.
There may be a delay between an autism assessment referral and your appointment. Here are some ways you can put some support in place before the assessment:
Your child may need to meet with one or more professionals to complete the assessment. The professionals involved may include:
Sometimes parents and carers aren’t happy with the result of their child’s autism assessment. It would be useful to talk to the team that made the assessment so that they can explain their reasons to you.
You may also want to return to your GP. You can ask them if they are able to re-refer for a further assessment. Or you can look into private assessments.
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