The Lorna Wing Centres for Autism are internationally recognised for their pioneering work in the diagnosis of autism and related conditions.
Our Centres are named after Dr Lorna Wing, who was involved in our charity from its very earliest days, 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.
This consultation service is available to parents who are concerned that their child or young person has an autism spectrum disorder and are seeking advice on whether or not pursue a diagnostic assessment now or in the future.
Children and adults, together with their parents or carers are seen for a whole or half day. We take a detailed developmental history using the DISCO framework. This is a semi-structured interview designed to find out about the person's history up to current day-to-day functioning. At the same time, we carry out an in-depth assessment with the child or adult concerned. We also collect information from previous assessments and any other relevant sources.
We bring together all this information to formulate a clear diagnosis and recommendation of needs and prepare in-depth reports. We take care to consider the interventions already in place and think about where it might be possible to endorse current practice. If we think further intervention or new options for a person are necessary, we give guidance for consideration.
What do we specialise in?
Mental health co-morbidity
Learning disability co-morbidity
Women and girls
Second or third opinions
How do referrals work?
There are three ways that people are referred to us for an assessment:
Commissioned NHS referral by a medical professional funded by local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)
Commissioned referral and funding by block contract with a public sector service
Self-referrals can be self-funded or paid for by private healthcare provider with their agreement