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The National Autistic Society's Lorna Wing Centres for Autism are recognised internationally for their pioneering work in the diagnosis and assessment of autism and related conditions.

History of our Lorna Wing Centres for Autism

Originally known as the Centre for Social and Communication Disorders, our 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.

Our Centres are named after Dr Lorna Wing, who co-founded the National Autistic Society in 1962, and co-founded our first centre in Kent with Dr Judith Gould 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.

In 2017, we opened our second Lorna Wing Centre for Autism in Chigwell, Essex to help with increasing demand for high quality and bespoke diagnostic services. The Centre is part of our Enterprise Campus which is also home to the autism-specific Anderson School and Enterprise Centre.

We specialise in providing neurodevelopmental assessments:

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Our centres are designed to have a homely and relaxed atmosphere. Our spaces are autism-friendly with: adjustable lighting, a private garden and access to sensory equipment.

Lorna Wing Centre, Kent

Lorna Wing Centre, Essex


Training in autism diagnosis

We offer a range of professional training courses relating to diagnosing, assessing and understanding the needs of autistic people.

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