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The Reality of Navigating the Health Service

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Warning – this is a long post!

If your child has an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) navigating your way successfully through children’s health services can be time consuming, stressful and often only serves to further compound an already fraught and fragile family unit.  The process from beginning to end can take years as recently highlighted by the National Autistic Society’s Campaign. http://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/media-centre/news/campaign-success.aspx.

It would appear that a complete and total systematic failure of the services involved play a pivotal role in this process.

Government cuts may be a contributory factor to waiting times but it may also be the case that the process itself combined with the lack of experience and knowledge of many NHS clinicians and their aversion to assess and diagnose ASC may also play a major role in the shocking statistics.  If the process for assessing and diagnosing a typical presentation of ASC is so poor…

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