Mother and daughter

The National Autistic Society's Lorna Wing Centre for Autism in Kent was one of the first centres in the country to provide a complete diagnostic, assessment and advice service for children, adolescents and adults with social and communication disorders throughout the UK

Originally known as the Centre for Social and Communication Disorders, it was founded by Judith Gould and Lorna Wing under the auspices of the National Autistic Society in 1991. It was set up because parents of children suspected to be autistic, as well as other related conditions, often had major problems accessing a diagnostic assessment or an explanation for their child's behaviour.

While there is an increasing awareness of the benefits and needs of diagnostic assessments, children and adults continue to experience difficulty in getting access to quality diagnostic services.

As a result of our success in providing high quality and bespoke services in Bromley and Kent, and due to the increasing demand, we have now opened a new Diagnostic Centre in Chigwell, Essex. Situated on a 13-acre site, the Centre is part of our Enterprise Campus which is also home to the autism-specific Anderson School and an Enterprise Centre.

We specialise in providing assessments for people with complex presentations in associations with co-morbid conditions as well as women and girls who may be on the autistic spectrum.