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(UK) London: Lengthy waiting list for ASD diagnosis; 80% increase in referrals since 2012

July 12, 2018, Get West London: Children in Kensington and Chelsea are waiting more than a YEAR for an autism diagnosis--Children are waiting so long for help that a taskforce is being set up https://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/children-kensington-chelsea-waiting-more-14897023 A local taskforce is being launched to address children's autism diagnoses delays that are keeping some West London families on waiting lists for over a year. The issue was discussed at a health and wellbeing board meeting in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) on Wednesday (July 11)…. However their waiting lists remained significantly shorter than estimated national waiting lists. The boroughs have crunched their own numbers, while the Government has not yet fulfilled its goal of providing official national waiting list figures. National Institute for Health and Care Effectiveness guidelines state that waiting lists should be limited to three months for autism diagnosis. However the National Autism Society's research suggests those national waiting lists could stretch as long as 3.6 years in some parts of the UK, with many parents telling the campaign group in previous surveys they were forced to seek private treatment instead of waiting…. Speech and language therapy was the most common need for primary school children; and the demand was for social, emotional, and mental health support for secondary school pupils. … It noted referrals to the borough's two NHS Trusts' child development services had seen a 47 per cent increase in referrals for development, behavioural and neurological issues support since 2012/13. For autism pathways referrals, the increase soared by 80 per cent during that same period….