Most but not all people receive a diagnosis of autism in childhood. Receiving a diagnosis involves many tests and different aspects. A range of professionals will be involved in assessing and making a decision about a diagnosis. These may include your family GP, educational psychologists, adolescent psychiatrists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and teachers.
The diagnosis process from the point of referral, to assessment and then receiving the diagnostic decision varies in duration. To learn more about the Staged Assessment and Intervention process used in the Outer Hebrides please click here.
For general information on the diagnosis process for children and adults please refer to the National Autistic Society information here.
Health and Wellbeing
Across the Outer Hebrides there are a wide range of sport and leisure opportunities through the Active Schools program, including during holiday times. Children with additional support needs are particularly welcome. For more information click here.
In addition, you can request that when being referred from one health service to another in the Outer Hebrides, the autism flagging function is utilised so that the receiving service is aware. You should also complete the Hospital Passport below and take this with you from service to service.
The Outer Hebrides Youth Employment Activity Plan (OHYEAP) guides young people in the Outer Hebrides to local services which can support them through the five stages of the Employability Skills Pipeline and a list is provided of the key partners offering employability support to the young people of the Outer Hebrides.
Sources of Support
Supporting a child or young person with autism can present some unique experiences and challenges. There are a range of organisations which aim to provide helpful information and guidance throughout your journey. Some of these are listed below and if you have any suggestions for others to share please use the contact page to let us know.