Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder often characterised by social and communication difficulties. Autism is a 'spectrum' disorder, which means that characteristics can vary significantly between individuals. It is incredibly complex, but the first step to learning to support your child is with a professional assessment.Read our autism assessment guide
If you think your child might be autistic and would like help with a diagnosis, we can provide either face-to-face and remote assessments.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that typically affects how a person communicates and interacts with the world around them. The causes of autism are still uncertain, but as a spectrum disorder, autism will affect children to different degrees, some severely and others in more subtle ways. If you think your child may be autistic, the first step is to seek a professional assessment.
Autism is a neurodevelopmental lifelong disorder – with varying degrees of difficulties experienced.
The term autism is an ‘umbrella’ term for conditions such as Asperger’s. Recently the USA have removed Asperger’s Syndrome as a separate diagnosis.
Autistic people often experience difficulties in certain areas – known as the triad of impairments - which involve social communication, interaction and imagination.
The assessment for autism is thorough to ensure you gain a clear understanding of your child's strengths and challenges, with a focus on how to move forwards.
Certain therapies such as CBT, coaching and Psychology, can be hugely beneficial in helping autistic children better manage their day to day experience.
Many parents choose to have a few sessions with a parenting expert to learn effective ways of managing their child’s difficulties.
Download our autism guide here.
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You don’t need a GP referral to book a diagnosis
Appointments usually available within a few days, nationwide
Qualified and friendly triage team to help you find the right option
Every year we help thousands of children and teenagers, just like yours, to find expert and compassionate care. Our Consultant Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Psychotherapists have many years’ experience in diagnosing and treating child and teenage anxiety.
It’s clear the team know a lot about mental health and I feel that the Psychiatrist really understood Michael’s situation. Overall - a fantastic service, very professional, very friendly and we now have all the information we need to help Michael in the future. Thank you.
Josh started becoming more and more withdrawn – at first we thought it was just part of being a teenager, but things didn’t improve and it began to badly affect his school work and social life. It felt like we had lost our son. Taking Josh to see a Psychiatrist wasn’t an easy step – we were very nervous that we had somehow failed him. However, the Psychiatrist was really friendly and made us all feel at ease – it took all the ‘sting’ out of an incredibly worrying few years and I just wish we had sought help earlier.
I can’t thank Dr P. enough. Having a clear diagnosis for Adam has meant we now have the right support in place and have learnt some practical and effective ways of helping him with some of the daily challenges he experiences. The future looks much brighter now.
We weren’t sure what help Emily, our 12 year old, needed, we just knew she was growing increasingly anxious. The triage team were really helpful in identifying in helping us determine that a psychiatric assessment would be the most important first step. The Psychiatrist was able to develop a good relationship with our daughter who has great trust and faith in him. We could not have had a better service from them or your team.”