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Waiting times to diagnose autism have increased by one quarter in two years

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends a maximum of three months to get a diagnosis. 

Public Health England and the National Autistic Society have revealed that people with autism are waiting about 25% longer than they did previously to get a diagnostic appointment for autism.

Diagnosis is for many the first point at which someone receives real understanding of their own or their son/daughter’s needs. It is a milestone. Some people feel a sense of relief, while for others it is a time of dread. Whatever the reaction felt by individuals, for many the diagnosis of autism is the first step towards receiving appropriate health or social care treatment and for this reason, the diagnosis of autism should not be delayed.

However, it has been found that compared to two years ago, diagnostic appointments are being drastically delayed.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends a three-month wait for diagnosis is acceptable. The


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