Diagnosis

Introduction

The National Autistic Society has a page about diagnosis for children.          Click icon on the left to view.

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The pathways

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) illustrates pathways in the form of flowcharts.        This one shows that threshold between children and adults for diagnosis is 19.        They also produce detailed guidelines which set out the way things should work in England.        The guidelines link above covers recognising, referring and diagnosing autism in children and young people from birth to 19 years of age.

The basis for deciding whether someone is autistic can be found in a large document known as ICD-10 for short.         See profiles & criteria

News

Lincoln support group PAACT has published a letter, dated August 2017, about diagnosing in Lincolnshire.           It mentions an audit of the process and pathway.           It also touches on referral by a doctor or school.

A diagnostic mystery

This article starts with Jayne.              She is described as having severe and sustained impairment in social interaction, but without the clinically
significant delay in language acquisition characteristic of autism; also distinctive is the presence of restrictive, highly idiosyncratic interests.
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article goes on to discuss diagnostic criteria for Asperger’s syndrome.

Difficulties

  • Many people find it difficult to come to terms with the possibility or reality of an autism spectrum diagnosis somewhere along the line.
  • When a child has a relatively subtle version of Asperger’s Syndrome it is more difficult to spot the signs – for parents and professionals alike.
  • Getting a diagnosis of autism often seems to be difficult.        Professionals may try to fob you off to begin with suggesting that things might sort themselves out – perhaps partly because they do not see your child at home.        Parents often find waiting lists frustrating.

The website Ambitious about Autism has a lot of on-line discussions about diagnosis.       Look for the magnifying glass icon on the site to search.       Click Twitter icon here to find a link to their website – it is in the left margin.

News

Late diagnosis is failing children on the spectrum.       (April 2016)

Key words

Pervasive Developmental Disorder (Not Otherwise Specified)            description

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