There is a diagnostic pathway devised by health and social care at Bucks County Council and approved by Bucks Care Managers. General Practitioners have received dedicated training in understanding the pre-cursors for diagnosis and how criteria are met. Please click here to access more information about diagnosis
If you decide that an assessment would be helpful then your GP will write a letter to the ASD diagnostic service. They will ask for an assessment to be carried out to say whether or not an ASD diagnosis is appropriate for you. Your GP will have discussed your personal history, development and current situation with you to help decide whether a referral to this service is right for you. They will also have asked you to complete a questionnaire about some of your current strengths and difficulties.
Useful links for further advice & information:
- Security and benefits advice
- Entitlement and welfare information
- Ageing with Autism
- Housing with support – the options for adults – Supported living, residential care or living with family with a support package
Access the Care Advice Buckinghamshire website, for support, advice and information.
The Citizens’ Advice Bureau can also be contacted to research your legal enquiries and help you gain clarity about your rights. They offer free, confidential and impartial advice. Click here to help you plan your visit to a Citizens’ Advice Bureau.
I am a 20 year old qualified Barber ( Level 2 Qualification) and I have Aspergers/ASD. I welcome adults and children with ASD and happy to home visit or to visit my home in Aylesbury /barbers.
Please call me on 07927 420320 for information or an appointment.
Many thanks – Connor.
Private assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – general guidance:
Some people wish to pursue a diagnostic assessment for ASD* in the private sector. This is understandable as NHS waiting times can be long. However, there is less regulation and oversight in the private sector. If pursuing this option it is important to consider the following recommendations made in Government NICE guidance:
- Diagnostic assessments should be undertaken by “professionals who are trained and competent”, this means they should have a core professional qualification in clinical psychology, psychiatry, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy etc. You can check whether a professional is registered with the appropriate body
- for psychologists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists check the Health and Care Professions Council website at www.hcpc-uk.org
- for psychiatrists check the General Medical Council website at www.gmc-uk.org
- Assessments should be “team-based” and draw on a range of professions and skills, such as those listed above
- A diagnostic assessment should include developmental information, if at all possible, in order to establish that potential ASD-related difficulties were present early in childhood. This could be in the form of official reports from childhood (e.g. educational psychology or paediatric reports) or a structured interview, such as the Autism Diagnostic Interview – revised (ADI-r) with someone who knew the person well in childhood (e.g. a parent or other caregiver)
- Comprehensive assessments may include the use of formal assessment tools, such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)