In this section you'll find information about getting an autism diagnosis for a child under the age of 18. Screening tests are available but should not be seen as an alternative to proper assessment and diagnosis.

Here, you can find out more about autism, seeking a referral for your child, what you can expect to happen during the diagnostic assessment, and how to complain if you aren't happy about any aspect of the process.

Our information for families of children who have been recently diagnosed covers the effect of diagnosis on the family, supporting siblings, getting some practical support, and how to talk to your child about their diagnosis.

We know that this can be a really worrying time but it's important to know that you're not alone, and that we're here to help.

Our Autism Helpline offers confidential information, advice and support. We can also point you towards local sources of help and support.