Protocol for the assessment and diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders in Somerset

This protocol aims to ensure consistency of assessment and diagnosis across Somerset in line with National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines.

Download Protocol for the assessment and diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders in Somerset

The following professionals may be involved in the assessment and diagnosis process

  • Consultant Paediatrician and/or Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Occupational Therapist

Parents are at the centre of the process of assessment and supported through it.

All practitioners are aware of the protocol and once yearly meetings are held to update training, to reinforce the need for multiagency collaboration and to emphasise consistency of practise as much as possible given the large rural community which clinicians serve.