Getting a Diagnosis
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Getting a Diagnosis

Each journey through diagnosis is different.

Diagnosis for a child

In April 2013 the former Primary Care Health Trusts changed to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG).

If you think your child has autism or a similar condition or has some behaviours which challenge, you will need to speak to your GP or Health Visitor.  If they are in agreement, they will make a referral for a formal diagnostic assessment.

Diagnosis is usually carried out by a team of professionals, such as clinical psychologists and psychiatrists, who use a variety of methods which could include observations and criteria check-lists.

Diagnosis for an adult

If you think you have autism or a similar condition or have some behaviours which challenge, you will need to speak to your GP or Health Visitor.  If they are in agreement, they will make a referral for a formal assessment.

Diagnosis is usually carried out by a team of professionals, such as clinical psychologists and psychiatrists, who use a variety of methods for diagnosis which could include observations and criteria checklists.

If you receive a diagnosis for autism, advise the relevant local authority.

Each experience of diagnosis is different.  For the latest on diagnosis in Cornwall please speak an advisor at the Pearl Centre.

After diagnosis

We know that this can be a very worrying and stressful time for the individual and families of those with autism.  We know that many  people newly diagnosed with autism benefit from face-to-face support from people who have experience and knowledge of the condition.

Please speak to an advisor at The Pearl Centre for further assistance.