The assessment

Information will be gathered about how you interact and communicate, including your general strengths and needs. It is important to collect information and observations from a range of people from a variety of places such as home and school. This may feel like it takes a long time, but it is important that we get it right!

The autism team uses this information to decide whether you have autism or not.

Assessment team

The team may be made up of:

  • doctor who is either a paediatrician or psychiatrist: specialises in working with children and young people
  • speech and language therapist: specialises in children’s language development
  • occupational therapist: can help you with daily activities
  • educational psychologist: can help support you at school with your learning
  • clinical psychologist: may look at what you are good at and what you may need some support with
  • ASD co-ordinator: the person you can talk to about your assessment.

What will happen during the assessment?

You and your parents will meet with some of these people during your assessment. They might also talk to other people involved in your care, like your GP or teacher.

As part of the assessment you might be asked to do different tasks (such as games or puzzles) and people might come to see you at home or in school.

When the assessment is finished someone from the autism team will meet with you and/or your parents to tell you if you have autism or not.

They will also talk about what help you might need and will write this down in a plan.

You can find more information here:

The National Autistic Society:

Young Minds:


Leaflet reference:




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