Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a term used to describe a spectrum of conditions. People living with ASD will experience different strengths and difficulties, ranging from mild attributes to more severe or profound difficulties. People with ASD are generally considered to experience difficulties in areas of social interaction and communication. The condition is also associated with a number of rigid and/or repetitive behaviours, including obsessive interests and sensory difficulties.

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) has developed a website that parents, carers, children and young people, and professionals can access that reflects the assessment pathway. Whether you’re a professional who would like to refer a child or young person for assessment, or a parent/carer who would like support whilst your child is on the waiting list or has received a diagnosis, HCT’s aim is to provide you with and signpost you to the relevant information.


Referral Information

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Preparing for your assessment

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After receiving a diagnosis