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Diagnosing Asperger Syndrome

Very few people see a formal diagnosis as an unhelpful label; however, for the majority of people the importance of an early diagnosis is invaluable.

Having a diagnosis will enable the appropriate support to be provided at the earliest opportunity available to give the individual the maximum chance of fulfilling their complete potential. It may be the key needed to open the door to specialised support at school, college, supported living, or finding suitable employment.

A diagnosis can also help the individual, their family, partners, carers, friends, colleagues, etc. to understand the individual better and manage their needs and behaviour.

Asperger syndrome varies widely from person to person, possibly making a diagnosis difficult.

Detecting or diagnosing may be more difficult during childhood and sometimes characteristics may not be recognised or diagnosed until adulthood.

Sometimes people may receive a diagnosis of High-Functioning Autism (HFA) or Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) or Semantic Pragmatic Disorder (SPD) instead of Asperger syndrome. However, people who have been given these diagnoses will have similar difficulties and support needs to those who have Asperger syndrome.

How to get a diagnosis:

Children and Young People:
The typical route is to visit your GP. They can refer you to other health professionals who will make a formal diagnosis. Most often this will be a psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, educational psychologist, or perhaps a paediatrician.

For information and help with diagnosis of Asperger syndrome please contact the Adult Services Team at Asperger East Anglia. Telephone 01603 598946 or 01603 598942 or e-mail You can also download the diagnosis referral form below:

Asperger Service Norfolk
Asperger East Anglia is a partner in the Asperger Service Norfolk with Norfolk County Council and the NHS. Asperger Service Norfolk is the gateway to diagnosis, care planning and support for people living in Norfolk.
GPs and mental health professionals can download a referral form for the service from the link below. Please note that this form has to be filled in first by a GP since this is the correct route. We cannot accept self-referrals. 

Contact us for more information and guidance or just to chat about what we can do for you, people you care for or work with.

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