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Spectrum Live - about diagnosis

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Remember to sign up to hear about future events. We have another pilot event planned which will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 24 April and will be about getting out and about. We’ll be talking to autistic people and their families as well as professionals working in the field of autism about their experiences. We’ll be sharing real life stories, practical advice and top tips, and hosting a question and answer session.

  • To get involved, please share your top tips or practical advice about going out and about that we can potentially feature in the live show! Please submit videos, recorded in landscape format (on your phone is fine!) no longer than 15 seconds by emailing socialmedia@nas.org.uk.
  • Submit your question about going out and about to our panel of autistic people and professionals working in the field of autism by emailing socialmedia@nas.org.uk.

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Diagnosis information

We covered a lot during the show, so we’ve compiled a list of useful links to further information around topics discussed, for your information, below.

Diagnosis for children


  • What is autism, main characteristics
  • Rights before diagnosis
  • Getting a referral, includes speaking to the GP/health visitor, screening, the referral and private assessments
  • Diagnostic assessment, includes what happens on the day, the report and post diagnostic support
  • What to do if you don’t agree with the diagnosis, including complaints, private assessment and tertiary level services.

After your child is diagnosed


  • Support at school
  • Social care
  • Finance help
  • At home
  • Support for siblings
  • Support for parents and carers
  • Telling your child about their diagnosis

Formal guidance:

Diagnosis for adults


  • support before diagnosis
  • benefits of a diagnosis
  • Getting a diagnosis – includes explaining the situation, and GP responsibilities
  • Getting a referral and who to be referred to
  • What to do if you don’t get a referral
  • Diagnostic assessment
  • Coming to terms with a diagnosis
  • Whats next

Formal guidance:

Other helpful links:

Professionals involved (not just directly for diagnosis)

Autism profiles and diagnostic criteria (n.b. doesn’t include info on ICD- 11 yet)

Our diagnostic services

Screening – children – Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT)

Screening – adults – Various but includes AQ test

Women and girls diagnosis - Interview with Dr Judith Gould: women and girls