Is there a way of being tested for ASD?

mikebradmikebrad Posts: 2Member Listener
edited February 16 in Ask an ASD advisor
I am looking to get some answers as to whether or not I have ASD. 

Since I was a child I knew that I was different from other kids and even as an adult, I feel very much the same.

Is there a way of being tested for ASD? And how easy is it to get help and support in this case?

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  • Chris_ScopeChris_Scope Posts: 510Administrator admin
    Hi @mikebrad, welcome to the community. I've moved your post to our ASD advisor's category, as she will be able to give you some information on this.
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  • davidj49davidj49 Posts: 42Member Whisperer
    mikebrad said:
    I am looking to get some answers as to whether or not I have ASD. 

    Since I was a child I knew that I was different from other kids and even as an adult, I feel very much the same.

    Is there a way of being tested for ASD? And how easy is it to get help and support in this case?
    Just ask your GP to be referred to be assessed for ASD. The GP will get the ball rolling.
  • Rainbow_wheelz16Rainbow_wheelz16 Posts: 25Member Whisperer
    You could contact  the national autistic society for further information and advice. You would need your GP to refer you to an educational  psychologist 
  • mikebradmikebrad Posts: 2Member Listener
    OK. Thanks for all the feedback.

    I did go to my GP a few weeks ago and he referred me to the North Essex NHS Mental Health Trust who, as it turns out, no longer provide this service.

    Is there an option to go private and if so, who would I need to contact?
  • davidj49davidj49 Posts: 42Member Whisperer
    @mikebrad
    Sorry to hear that, the GP has to refer you to another Autism assessment service, also contact the NAS, I am sure you will be helped. Do not go private!
  • VioletFennVioletFenn Posts: 32Member, Community advisor Talkative
    Hi @mikebrad  Your best option is definitely to go back to your GP and ask for re-referral elsewhere. However plenty of adults do get their diagnoses privately (myself included) and that is absolutely fine - private dx is generally more accepted in adults than in children because authorities etc are well aware of how difficult it can be for adults to get assessed through the NHS. 

    If you have no luck with your GP then do speak to the NAS - they will be able to point you in the direction of your nearest autism support group, who will have details of local contacts. 

    Violet
    ASD advisor, Scope
  • davidj49davidj49 Posts: 42Member Whisperer
    @mikebrad

    Do not go private, why?
    1. it costs about 2000 pounds
    2. A private DX is not generally accepted to gain social benefits.
    3. It's your right to be referred to NHS/NAS funded Autism assessment centres/clinics.

    I was immediately referred by my GP to a Cambridgeshire Autism clinic, you can contact them yourself and enquire, the details....

    http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/services/class-clinic.htm
  • VioletFennVioletFenn Posts: 32Member, Community advisor Talkative
    Hi, @mikebrad

    Unfortunately the information that @davidj49 is giving you is not correct. As private charges vary, some may cost as much as David is quoting, but many don't (my own was a fraction of that amount).

    As has been said before, private dx are more widely accepted in adults for the simple reason that it is harder for adults to get assessed on the NHS. 

    Not everyone gets a dx with the sole purpose of claiming benefits - I certainly didn't. ASD is not an automatic qualification for disability benefits anyway, they are based solely on need, regardless of dx.

    'Rights' aside, it can be very difficult to get referred for an NHS assessment and it is as well to know the options. That way all routes can be explored - what is right for one person might not be right for the next.

    Most importantly - this forum is for those with experience of such matters to suggest ways that have helped them and which may help others. It is for advice only and is not here to tell people what they absolutely should or should not do.

    Violet
    ASD Advisor, Scope

  • davidj49davidj49 Posts: 42Member Whisperer
    mikebrad said:
    OK. Thanks for all the feedback.

    I did go to my GP a few weeks ago and he referred me to the North Essex NHS Mental Health Trust who, as it turns out, no longer provide this service.

    Is there an option to go private and if so, who would I need to contact?
    Mike, I was referred by a NHS GP and was assessed by CLASS in Cambridge, it took about 3 months and now I have a formal diagnosis via the NHS. It was 100% free. The National Autism Society explains that a private diagnosis isn't accepted everywhere.

    Private diagnoses often cost 2000 pounds, I know this to be true.

    I hope this helps.
  • davidj49davidj49 Posts: 42Member Whisperer
    mikebrad said:
    OK. Thanks for all the feedback.

    I did go to my GP a few weeks ago and he referred me to the North Essex NHS Mental Health Trust who, as it turns out, no longer provide this service.

    Is there an option to go private and if so, who would I need to contact?
    http://www.autism.org.uk/about/diagnosis/adults.aspx
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