NAS Info (copied from email - AutismHelplineMail <>)

The main things parents should be expecting/asking for during assessment are those outlined in the National Autism Plan for Children. Please scroll down to page 3 on summary report, page 11 for full report for the Essential Components for a complete multi agency assessment


You may also find it useful to familiarise yourself with the NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) guidelines that focus on improving recognition, referral and diagnosis of children and young people with autism in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and will bring about a far more consistent approach to referral and diagnosis, and mean more children get quicker access to necessary support services.  These best practice guidelines are useful to show you what you should be expecting from an NHS diagnostic service:


If you are unhappy about how the assessment was carried out, you may want to make a complaint.  In order to get support to do this you can contact your local Patient's Advice Liaison Service (PALS).   For more details on how to make a complaint, see the following link:


NAS Education Rights Service provides impartial, confidential information, advice and support on education rights and entitlements for parents and carers of pre-school and school-age children with autism to help them get the educational support their child needs. Telephone (leave a message on our answering service) – 0808 800 4102 and press option 1 for our Education Advice Line and option 2 for our Tribunal Support Line Email:


You may also want to contact IPSEA (independent parental special education advice):


·        interesting links, could be shown to schools:

And our information on how children’s behaviour can be different at home and school: