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(UK) Wales: Autism assessment can take 2-5 years

Jan 24, 2018, (UK) BBC News: Autism assessment delay concerns across Wales http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-42791769 Children in parts of Wales are waiting an average of two years for an autism assessment despite a target of six months, figures have shown. … One mother said it took five years and £6,000 [$8,500] to get her son an assessment and his diagnosis recognised. The Welsh Government said the roll-out of a national integrated autism plan was continuing. A spokesman said there were also plans to issue statutory guidance to councils and health boards requiring them to plan and deliver effective autism services. Clare Norton, from Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, said her son, Ethan, was first referred for an autism assessment in 2012, when he was four. But, after a five-year wait, she eventually paid around £2,000 for a private assessment. He was diagnosed with a specific form of autism called PDA - pathological demand avoidance. But Ms Norton said she then had to fight to get the diagnosis accepted by the local authority and health board because PDA was not universally recognised. ...