The assessment and diagnosis of autism is complex and so are the emotions and issues that arise with it.

In this section we look at the practical aspects of what is involved in the diagnostic process, what to expect and how to ensure that you are receiving the best assessments possible and from the right professionals.

There’s also advice from parents and professionals on dealing with emotions and big questions like whether to tell people and how to deal with their reactions.

Why pursue a diagnosis?

Who can diagnose?

Understanding the assessment process

Coming to terms with a diagnosis

Telling people about a diagnosis