The assessment

Information will be gathered from you and a range of professionals about your child’s development, communication and interaction skills. It is important for us to collect information and observations from a range of people and from a variety of settings such as home and school. We understand that this may feel like it takes a long time, but it is important that we get it right!

The autism team use this information to decide whether your child has 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 your child at school with learning
  • clinical psychologist: may look at what your child is good at and what they may need some support with
  • ASD co-ordinator: the person you can talk to about the assessment.


What will happen during your child’s assessment?

You and your child will meet with some of these people during the assessment.

They might also talk to other people involved in your child’s care, like the GP or teacher.

We will carry out a range of specific assessments of your child’s:

  • strengths and difficulties
  • skills and interests.


It is important that you and your child attend all appointments as failing to attend will delay the outcome for your child.

When we’ve gathered all of this information, the autism team will meet to make a decision regarding a diagnosis of autism or not.

A member of the autism team will then meet with you to discuss the outcome of the assessment.

You will be given a report that summarises the assessment outcome and our understanding of your child’s needs and whether your child has autism or not.

If your child doesn’t receive a diagnosis of autism we will talk to you about any further identified needs and signpost you to the appropriate support or service.


You can find more information here:

National Autistic Society:  

Young Minds:


Leaflet reference: L785
Version: V2
Date last updated: 03 / 11 / 2017
Archive date: 03 / 11 / 2020


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