When you are waiting for an autism assessment you can feel nervous about the process. In this video we explain how it works and what you will need to do.

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  • The doctor (normally a paediatrician) will ask you questions about your life and how you feel in social situations. They will also ask you about what things you find easy or difficult.
  • Your parents will be asked a lot of questions about your early development as a baby and your school will be asked to provide information too. This is so they can understand what kind of support you might need.
  • You might need to see a speech and language therapist and/or an educational psychologist. Depending on what they say you might also see an occupational therapist.
  • Getting a diagnosis of autism can be helpful but it won’t change who you are. The main reason for having an assessment is so that everyone around you knows how best to support you with the things you find difficult.
  • There are lots of people out there who can provide further support. You can talk to your SENCO at school, your GP or text ChatAutism on 07312277097.

You can also click here to go to our support services page to find out about local groups in your area

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