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A diagnosis is the formal identification of autism. This will be by a health professional such as a paediatrician or psychiatrist. Having a diagnosis is helpful for two reasons:

  • It helps people with autism, and their families, to understand why they may experience certain difficulties and what they can do about them.
  • It enables people to access services and support.

Your GP, Community Mental Health Team, or  social worker will be able to refer you to a service for diagnosis and support.

You can read more about this process at Getting diagnosed with autism - NHS (

Being diagnosed with autism can be difficult to come to terms with. You mat be coping with a condition that you know little about and wondering about how to appropriate support.

You can find information about getting support after being diagnosed here.

Last updated: 9/12/2022