How to get a diagnosis or Education, Health and Care plan
Make an appointment with your GP, and take along a list of behaviours and characteristics that make you think your child might be autistic. Your GP will be able to refer you for a formal assessment (diagnosis).
The multi-disciplinary diagnostic assessment will be carried out by a team of professionals, who will help you better understand your child’s needs. If you are referred to an individual professional, it’s important that they’re experienced in diagnosing autism.
Private diagnosis is an option, and can often reduce the waiting time. The costs vary, so it’s a good idea to phone several services to ask about costs and exactly what’s included. Be aware that some local authorities might not accept the results of private diagnoses, so it’s a good idea to stay on the waiting list for an NHS assessment as well.