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Referral for an Autism diagnostic assessment

Referral for an Autism diagnostic assessment

The Autism Hub accepts referrals for children & young people (CYP -  up to the age of 18), registered with a GP in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, who are experiencing difficulties and differences that are associated with Autism.

What is the Autism Assessment Hub?

Autism assessment outcomes

 

Who can make a referral?

  • Parents and carers
  • Health care professionals: e.g. Community Paediatricians, Speech & Language Therapists, GPs, School Health Nurses
  • Education staff e.g. Early Years setting or school Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), nursery key worker

 

How do I make a referral?

Referrals to the Autism Hub must contain detailed evidence of:

  • Significant difficulties which impact the child/young person’s (CYP’s) daily life
  • The difficulties the CYP experiences at home and at nursery/ school/ college. Let us know if this if they act differently in these two places.
  • Difficulties in the areas of development, such as social communication and interaction, and restricted and repetitive behaviours. 
  • From February 2021, there have been some changes to the referral process for pre school children – please see this letter

The following forms/questionnaires help gather this information, and must all be included. 

If you are unable to fill out this form and send via email, please call us on 0300 1256 206/7 for postal information.

Forms for children under 11 years (Early Years & Primary School children)

Bristol and South Gloucestershire Single Point of Entry (SPE) If you are not the CYP's parent/carer, please make sure you have consent from a person with parental responsibility

Social Communication Questionnaire, Early Years and Primary School Age - Parent Carers

If parents have different views, then we encourage both parents to complete a questionnaire

Social Communication Questionnaire, Early Years  - Staff

Social Communication Questionnaire, Primary School Age – Staff

If the child does not attend an Educational Setting, then these questionnaires are not required. Please send any information from other sources (e.g. Hospital Education Service)

Forms for children over 11 years Secondary School students)

Bristol and South Gloucestershire Single Point of Entry (SPE)

If you are not the CYP's parent/carer, please make sure you have consent from a person with parental responsibility

Social Communication Questionnaire, Secondary School Age - Parent Carers

 

If parents have different views, then we encourage both parents to complete a questionnaire

Social Communication Questionnaire, Secondary School Age – Staff

If the child does not attend an Educational Setting, then these questionnaires are not required. Please send any information from other sources (e.g. Hospital Education Service)
Social Communication Questionnaire, Aged 14 and over - Young Person Optional for young people to share information about themselves 

Please complete forms/questionnaires in full, and send to:

Community Children’s Health Partnership,
Single Point of Entry,
Unit 9 Eastgate Office Centre,
Eastgate Road,
Eastville,
Bristol,
BS5 6XX
Tel: 0117 340 8201          

Email: sirch.singlepointofentry@nhs.net

 

What happens after a referral is made

If the referral is accepted, the child/young person's name will be added to the waiting list*. If the referral is not accepted, the triage team may suggest other professionals who can help.

*Children/Young people are added to the waiting list when they are first referred to our service and the majority are invited for an assessment when they reach the top of the list.  We recognise all children are different and we choose the most appropriate type of assessment from a range of different options. The availability of these assessments and also the child’s individual needs can result in a child/young person being seen sooner or sometimes needing to wait longer.

What happens to my referral after it's been submitted?

Information for parents / carers of children accepted onto the Early Years Autism Diagnostic Assessment Pathway

 

Coming for an appointment

We carry out a detailed assessment of each CYP, and the type of appointment will depend on the CYP’s needs. 

Appointment invitations will include information about the type of appointment offered and how to get to the Hub, including public transport details. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Read more about the assessment process

FAQs for schools preparing for an assessment