NHS 111 leaflet
Autism Diagnostic Youth Service for Suffolk leaflet
Autism Diagnostic Adult Service for Suffolk leaflet
What is Autism?
What does the Autism Diagnostic Service do?
What do you do if you want an autism assessment?
Who is in our team?
Where can we see you?
What happens at the assessment?
What happens after the assessment if you have Autism?
What other services offer help for people with Autism?
How can I get in touch with the Autism Diagnostic Service for Suffolk?
I need help urgently, who do I call?
What is autism?
Different names can be used to talk about autism like:
We will use the word autism on this webpage.
If a person has autism it means their brain works differently. We do not know why this happens. Autism lasts a person's whole life.
People with autism can still do a lot of things and learn a lot of skills.
Some people with autism will live independently, some people will need some support, and some people will need lots of support.
There is not a cure for autism but there are a lot of things that can help to make life easier.
You cannot tell someone has autism just by looking at them.
Some people with autism find it difficult to:
Some people with autism might:
Everyone is different; this means autism will be different for everyone.
We try to and find out if a person has autism. This is called an assessment.
We work with the person, and their family, if that is OK.
We have 2 teams:
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Speak to your GP or another professional. This could be a school nurse, social worker or other health professionals like a speech and language therapist (SLT).
A referral can be made if you, and the professional you speak to, think it is needed.
Together you can fill out a referral form (your GP has referral forms. Other professionals can request these from our service) The professional then sends it to:
The AAT will look at the referral and:
To offer a full assessment (that meets national guidelines) we ask people who know you well for information e.g. school or college. We will check this is OK with you first (this is called getting consent).We ask for this information before we offer you an appointment.
When we are able to see you we will send you an appointment letter. This will say:
The first appointment is:
We will think about what we need to do together with you.
Often we need to find out more information. We can do this by:
Our assessments do not include any x-rays, scans or blood tests.
When we have enough information we can;
The report will say if you have autism, this is called the diagnosis.
If we say you don't have autism, we might be able to tell you if we think there is something else that makes things difficult for you.
We will ask you to come and meet us to talk about the assessment and the report. You can bring someone with you, like a family member or a friend, if you want to.
We can give you some advice and talk about other services that might be able to help. Click on the picture to find out more.
What happens after the assessment if you have autism?
If we say you have autism we can help you:
If you have autism we can also help your parents, carers or partner to:
We are not able to offer them support that lasts for a long time.
Our team is made up of different professionals. That just means different people with different skills.
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We will try to see you close to your home. Click the picture buttons below to see photos and videos of the places we can see you in
Click on the buttons below to find out what other useful local and national services are available for people with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition or Asperger's Syndrome:
Please contact the team via any of the methods below:
Autism Diagnostic Service Suffolk Haymills House, Station Road East, Stowmarket IP14 1RF
I need help urgently! Who do I call?
If you need medical help or advice please contact your GP or call 111 - click here for the NHS 111 leaflet