In this section you'll find information about getting an autism diagnosis for a child under the age of 18. There is no single 'autism test' that can give you a clear answer. Getting an official diagnosis is the first step to getting the right support for your child.

Here, you can find out more about autism, seeking a referral for your child, what you can expect to happen during the diagnostic assessment, and how to complain if you aren't happy about any aspect of the process.

Our information for families of children who have been recently diagnosed covers the effect of diagnosis on the family, supporting siblings, getting some practical support, and how to talk to your child about their diagnosis.

We know that this can be a really worrying time but it's important to know that you're not alone, and that we're here to help.

Our Autism Helpline offers confidential information, advice and support. We can also point you towards local sources of help and support. Call us on 0808 800 4104 (Monday-Thursday, 10am-4pm, and Friday, 9am-3pm, calls are free from landlines and most mobiles) or use our online enquiry form.

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