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Autism Spectrum Conditions

Autism Spectrum Conditions vary so much from one person to another, so making a diagnosis can be difficult. It is more common for a diagnosis to be made as children get older, and sometimes difficulties may not be recognised or diagnosed until adulthood.

Some people see a formal diagnosis as a stigma, however for many people it is a relief to find out what you or your child's issues are. It helps professionals to understand their needs and behaviour. Having a formal diagnosis is the key that opens the door to specialised support.

There are diagnostic differences between conditions on the autistic spectrum. You can receive a diagnosis of Autism or Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), High Functioning Autism (HFA) or Atypical Autism instead of Asperger Syndrome. You may also be given a diagnosis of Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) or Semantic Pragmatic Disorder.

If your dependant has been given one of these diagnoses, they will all have similar difficulties and support needs.


Axia ASD

Axia ASD Ltd is one of the top providers of services in Cheshire for adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They provide diagnosis as well as post-diagnostic support primarily.

For further information ring Axia ASD on 01244 567 656

Or visit their website at:


Cheshire Autism Diagnostic Services

Dr Lenny Thornton and Gill Benson have teamed up to provide a reasonably priced independent autism spectrum condition assessment service. It's based in Sandbach, Cheshire. They are currently running detailed assessments (ADI, ADOS, feedback and report) for school aged children and adults.

Further information can be found on their website CADS

For further information ring Cheshire Autism Diagnostic Services on 07565 527639

or you can email them at




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