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Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Support

Find out about the help and support available for children and young people aged 0 to 18 with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND) and their families here.

Our children’s services section has information about the range of health services we provide for children and young people.

Getting an autism diagnosis

If you think your child might have signs of autism the next step is to talk to someone about it.

You could speak to a GP, health visitor (for children under 5) and any other health professional you or your child see, such as a doctor or therapist, special educational needs (SENCO) staff at your child’s school.

Ask them if they think it’s a good idea to refer you for an autism assessment.

An assessment is done by autism specialists. This may be a nurse, clinical psychologist or consultant psychiatrist.

Autism assessment

In Northumberland and North Tyneside, there are four autism diagnostic services, depending on the age of the child or young person. Find out how we diagnose autism and what to expect if your child is diagnosed with autism here.

For children aged 4 and over living in Northumberland autism assessments are carried out by Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust’s children and young people service


Contact us

If you have any further questions about the autism assessment please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to discuss this with you:

For preschool assessments contact our community paediatricians

For school age assessments contact our child and adolescent mental health service or our community learning disability service.


Useful documents and websites

National autistic society– information and resources about autism

NHS Choices – information on symptoms, autism, diagnosis and treatment

Ambitious about autism – The national charity for children and young people with autism

Early Bird Parent Programme-under 5s support programme for parents and carers of children with autism

Cygnet Parent Programme– parent and carer support programme for children aged 7-18 with autism

Stomp and Stamp family leaflet – a leaflet for families of children and young people with a learning disability, autism or both who may be prescribed (or are prescribed) psychotropic medication

Local Offer SEND support and services

For information about other services and support for children and young people with SEND and their families, such as things to do and advice and guidance on education, social care, leisure and transport you can visit the ‘Local Offer’ page for your area.

Please click here for Northumberland’s local offer.

Please click here for North Tyneside’s local offer.

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