As autism is a developmental condition it is important that a family member or carer is involved in this process where possible. Signs and symptoms are most obvious between the ages of 4/5 and so having somebody involved that knew you well when you were that age will be helpful.
GPs need to understand why you need to be referred for a diagnosis, so take as much information and evidence as you can to support your request. There are a number of self-assessment forms and tests online that you can complete – individually these will not be enough for a diagnosis, however they will be helpful when speaking to your GP.
It is useful to take a list all the difficulties you are experiencing on a day to day basis which may relate to autism, do not be put off if the GP is reluctant and be very firm in your request for a diagnosis.
If you do receive an autism diagnosis you can also have a Community Care assessment – this is done by Adult Social Care. You are legally entitled to this, find out more information about this below.
Your first step is to visit and talk to your GP, who can refer you to a Autism Diagnostic service that will conduct the assessment.
You can make a referral to the Leeds Autism Diagnostic Services (LADS) yourself by calling 01138 550 712, or your GP can make this referral for you.
Visit and talk to your GP, who can refer you to an appropriate diagnostic service.