Autistic Spectrum Disorder Diagnostics Pathway

Under 6s

The Team will work closely with the family, school and other professionals involved looking at a child’s development, from an early age until now.  From the information we have we will decide which members of the team are best to see the child.  Usually at least two different people from the team will see the child for the assessment.

We will arrange to see the child in different places, such as in their nursery, in clinic, or in their home. We will look at a child’s social communication skills and ask about their behaviour or emotions.  We will look at how a child communicates and look at how they understand language.

This helps us to know how they behave in a variety of settings.

When we’ve carried out all the assessments the whole team will meet and discuss all the information we have.  Sometimes we will need to arrange further assessments. When we feel we have enough information, a report from the team will be sent to the Consultant Community Paediatrician who will then arrange to discuss the outcome of the assessment with the family.  If a child is given a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder then the Paediatrician will discuss the post-diagnostic support available and what to expect next.  If the decision is made that the child does not meet criteria for a diagnosis then the paediatrician will explain why and talk through what we feel may better explain the child’s difficulty.  This may result in signposting to another appropriate service for support or further assessment.


We offer a number of services to support parents during and after the assessment process.

Positive Behaviour Support: We provide workshops for all parents who have children going through the assessment process. These are aimed at supporting parents with their child’s challenging behaviours and providing individual management plans. For more information please get in touch using the contact details at the bottom of this page.

Toileting and Behaviour Workshops

These are 90 minute workshops open to parents who have a child known to a community paediatrician and who have significant communication or complex health needs.  These workshops are led by a clinical psychologist. For more information please get in touch using the contact details at the bottom of this page.

Specialist Nursery Nurse

Offering support for pre-school children referred for assessment by the preschool social communication team, offering a variety of interventions and groups focusing on improving early play, communication, listening and attention skills. The Specialist Nursery Nurse works with children both pre- and post-diagnosis and signposts to other organisations that can offer the appropriate level of support to the family.

Post Diagnostic Follow-Up

This workshop is an information session for those parents and carers whose child has just received a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. It provides an opportunity to find out more about the diagnosis itself and the process of assessment and decision making undertaken by the team. For more information please download the Post-Diagnostic Follow-Up Leaflet.


Earlybird is a parenting support programme for parents and carers of children/young people aged 5-18 who have a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Disorder which will cover topics around understanding and supporting young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder in further depth.

For more information please get in touch using the contact details at the bottom of this page or refer to the websites of some of the following organisations (links available on our links page)

  • National Autistic Society
  • Autism Anglia
  • ASD Helping Hands
  • Musical Keys
  • Portage
  • The Hamlet Centre
  • Local Sure Start Children’s Centre

For more information please contact:

Autistic Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis
Norwich Community Hospital
Bowthorpe Road
Norwich NR2 3TU

Telephone: 01603 508 931