I am new to this community and site. I am currently looking into getting an assessment for ASD (im 26) but I can't find any clear information about costs.
What I want to know is, do you have to pay for an ASD assessment if you are referred by your GP. ie - have your assessment on the NHS. I do know that self referrals HAVE to be done privately and therefore costs a lot of money. When your GP refers you to a service, will the assessment be free?
Side note - I understand part of the assessment is someone who knew you as a child has to fill out a questionnaire, logic dictates this is usually a parent, but I only have 1 parent and they suffer from mental illness in the mood/emotion sense, and I do not want them to know about my assessment or diagnosis. I do not have siblings either. How could I get around this? When they say 'knew you as a child' how young are we talking, because I could give to my friend who knew me from age 12. (this is probably too old, right?)
Any help, much appreciated xx
Hi - NHS assessment is free but can take ages - maybe up to 2 years. Private is very fast - weeks - but between £1000 to £1500 going on what recent comments are saying.
They *like* to talk to parents to give them more information about you when you were young - but it's not mandatory. 1 of mine was dead and the other (now deceased too) was probably an undiagnosed aspie in total denial so wouldn't have been any help so I didn't bother getting them involved.
I had an NHS diagnosis, which is free of course, and it didn't need anyone else involved. Waiting time varies between areas, so worth asking your GP.