I wanted to make you aware of a new service that is available to support with conducting assessments for children with autism. If you feel your child is showing signs of having autism, or they are already on the waiting list for an autism assessment, but you don't want to wait in the current 2 year long waiting list, this is a service which can help.
You can refer directly to the service, with the support of the school or individually, and they will conduct a fully funded assessment which, if the child meets the criteria, will lead to a diagnosis. The criteria to be eligible for a fully funded place is if your household income is less than £45,000 per year. If your household income is above this, you can still apply however you will not be eligible for a self-funded place. The service is in Keele and you would have to cover the costs of travel to the centre yourselves but it is one of the only places offering this service.
If this is something you are interested in, and you want to discuss it further, please don't hesitate to call the school and I would be happy to answer any further questions.