There is no definitive test for autism, so the assessment relies on questions and observations. As a part of the Northamptonshire All Age Autism Strategy, these pathways are due to change to make the process of an autism diagnosis easier for everyone.
This section aims to cover the basics of an autism diagnosis and the next steps after a diagnosis; some of these sections are links to other websites.
Practical support and signposting tailored to the family's individual needsOur Autism Support Service
Here we have John’s experience of the diagnostic pathway and the impact that has had on his life. He shares the excellent work he is now involved in with the Autism strategy for the county.
I was first introduced to Autism, (or more correctly, Asperger’s syndrome as it was referred to in 2009 and a name I still much prefer) at the age of 59 whilst I spent many, many hours on the internet investigating why I didn’t seem to ‘fit’, why I didn’t have any friends & why I felt permanently depressed. Over several months, during my investigations I created a PowerPoint slide set to capture the various issues I experienced & how they made me feel, from my childhood to the present time. As I was 59 at the time, there were many, many slides covering diverse areas of my childhood, working and family life.
Note: En-Fold is aware of the outdated use of the word 'BAME' in this section we have used the title of the webpage from the original source website as its an external link, if and when the source website updates this we will too.