Your child still has rights to support without a diagnosis and whilst waiting for an
assessment. You can apply for benefits & support for your child whether or not they have an
Your child may be entitled to extra help at school and/or benefits.
For more information, please contact the SENCO at your school.
Some of the services in this directory are also open to families of children who do not have
an ASD diagnosis.
What happens if my child receives a diagnosis?
If, following the assessment process, your child is found to have a diagnosis of Autism, you
will be informed by the professional completing the assessment. They might do this on the
day of the assessment, by phone on a later date, or in a written report that they send to you
in the post. You will be provided with information about your child’s specific needs, alongside
an information pack with additional general resources for children and young people with
autism. The information in the pack provided may not be relevant to you at that given
moment, but may be useful to refer back to later, and may include useful information about
other services and resources you can access in Hounslow.
You may need some time to process the news of an autism diagnosis. This is completely
normal. You may refer to any of these resources at any point on your child with autism’s
journey and development, until they are 25.