Autism Assessment Process

Find out more about the Autism Assessment Process here.

PLEASE NOTE – the criteria for acceptance for a diagnostic assessment has recently changed. For up to date information, see the page ‘Early Health Care Needs Assessment Request’ below.


This information is taken from the Community Children Health Partnership website and we cannot be responsible for content. This is intended for guidance only – every child is different, therefore every assessment may differ slightly.

Step 1 – Information Gathering.

Professionals will look at the referral information and make sure they have a full picture of the child. They may ask for further information at this time, from families, schools or other professionals.

Step 2 – Assessment.

Professional’s will meet with the child to assess their strengths and individual needs. The family will also be contacted to discuss their concerns and to get a picture the child’s family life, early development, progress and strengths and needs.

Both the child and their family will receive information before the appointment letting them know what to expect and what will  be discussed. There may be further questionnaires to complete.

Step 3 – Professional Discussion.

The professionals who have met the child will meet to discuss the child’s individual differences and the difficulties they face. These will be assessed against the criteria for a diagnosis of autism from the DSM-V, or an alternative diagnosis may be put forward.

Step 4 – Further Assessment (Not always required).

Sometime more information may be required in order to give a diagnosis. If this happens, the family and the child will be contacted and this will be explained to them. If this happens, a further professional discussion will take place once this information has been received.

Step 5 – Feedback Meeting.

The family and child will meet with the professionals to receive the outcome of the assessment. Any diagnosis will be shared at this point, and next steps will be decided on. The professional will share resources and support available.

Step 6 – Report.

A full written report will be provided, which details the assessment and the decision made. Further support and resources will be detailed here as well.

Step 7 – Follow Up.

Depending on the outcome of the assessment, further appointments may be offered with the professionals who assessed the child. This will allow the family to ask further questions and discuss concerns.


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