‘Heartbreaking’: Parents of autistic children face waits of up to three years for diagnosis and support, charity warns

According to The Independent, families of autistic children are facing waits of up to three years for a formal diagnosis, a charity has warned. 

Long delays have forced parents to quit their jobs so they can fight for support for their children, while others have been left feeling “isolated and helpless” while they wait for a diagnosis.

Helen Harland, a mother-of-two from Rainham in Kent, had to give up her part-time job during a two-year wait for an autism diagnosis for her son Evan, now four.

Ms Harland requested a referral for an autism assessment when her son was 18 months old after he stopped speaking and playing with toys. But the request was rejected due to a “lack of evidence”.

Read full article here ‘Heartbreaking’: Parents of autistic children face waits of up to three years for diagnosis and support, charity warns

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