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All about diagnosis

Getting a formal autism diagnosis can mean access to the right support, as well as an explanation for why certain things are so difficult.

This section explains the diagnostic process for children and adults, information on what to do following a diagnosis, the different labels and the latest on changes to diagnostic criteria.

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Everything you need to know

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Children

Find out how to get a referral for your child and how we can support you through the diagnosis process.

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Adults

Do you think that you or someone you know may be autistic? Read about the diagnosis and support services available.
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What's next?

Get your free booklets offering practical advice about what to do after receiving an autism diagnosis.

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Professionals involved

Find out more about the different professionals who can support you and your family through diagnosis.

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Labels

Read an article by the pioneering Dr Lorna Wing, explaining the terms you may come across during the diagnosis experience.
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Diagnostic criteria changes

A new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual has been published. Find out what has changed.

Autism Helpline Number: 0808 800 4104
Last updated: 09/12/2015 13:30:57