We offer pre-diagnostic discussion for people who may be on the autistic spectrum but do not have a diagnosis. We provide autism diagnosis using a multi-disciplinary approach and following NICE guidelines. We also provide post-diagnostic support and signposting for people who have been diagnosed with autism and their families.We accept referrals if you are 11 or over. There is no upper age limit.
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Speak to your GP about a referral. Other professionals or agencies can also refer you, such as school nurses, social workers or other health professionals. If the person you have spoken to feels you may need a referral they will contact the Suffolk Access and Assessment Team on 0300 123 1334 (for professionals only).Our Access and Assessment Team assess your case individually and refer you to us. To help with this you may be asked to complete a screening tool. This is a series of questions that help us to decide if a diagnosis of autism is likely. We may refer you to another service for support if autism diagnosis is not what you need.
We offer clinics throughout east and west Suffolk and will try to offer an appointment as close to your home as possible. We contact you by telephone or letter to arrange a time to meet with you and your family or carer to gather some information and give you information regarding the autistic spectrum. Then we ask if you wish to proceed with obtaining a diagnosis. If you wish to proceed, our team of qualified and experienced clinicians complete a comprehensive assessment in order to obtain an accurate diagnosis. This could mean several appointments with you and your family. Following the diagnosis, we tell you if you are on the autistic spectrum or not. We provide advice and support to help you and your family to understand the diagnosis and develop a plan to help you to manage the problems or challenges you may face at home, work or in education.
Autism Diagnostic Service Suffolk,Haymills Building, Station Road East,StowmarketIP14 1RF
Call us on 01449 745389
With your permission we ask your family for information about you, to assist in the assessment process. We can offer carer assessments for your family. We support carers to understand a diagnosis of autism and what this might mean to the family of the person living with autism and signpost them to organizations that can offer longer term support. We work with Suffolk Family Carers to offer support sessions specifically for families and family carers of people who are diagnosed with autism.
Our service does not offer an urgent response. If you need medical help or advice please contact your GP or call 111 - click here for more information on 111.