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Health care professionals also often call an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment a ‘diagnostic assessment’ or ‘specialist assessment’.

An ASD assessment is a process and may take place over a period of weeks or months. The amount of time taken will vary from person to person as the assessment process can be adapted to best suit the individual needs of the person. It is our aim to keep individuals clearly informed of the stages that their assessment needs to progress through.

The assessment process may involve meeting different members of the multidisciplinary team.

During assessment appointments we may complete a number of activities. No medical procedures are required as part of an assessment of ASD. With your permission, we may also speak with members of your family as part of the assessment process.

At the end of the assessment process you will be made aware of the assessment findings. There are 3 diagnostic outcomes which are:

  • A confirmed diagnosis of ASD
  • No diagnosis of ASD
  • Inconclusive evidence about diagnosis (unable to make a firm decision at this stage- further assessment be may required)

You will be offered the opportunity to discuss the diagnostic outcome with members of the team. A written report will provided. Where appropriate; onward referrals to other services and/or agencies may be recommended.

Information for Carers of Adults who have Learning Disabilities (Intellectual Disabilities)

What will the journey through the assessment process look like and how will I be involved?

Information for Carers

Further information about Adult Learning Disability (Intellectual Disability) Services.