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Autism resources for SENCOs

Autism diagnostic pathway

The pathway is not a universal screening tool. Schools should only refer children who meet the threshold for assessment.

Documents have been co-produced with parents and carers to support them to understand the different stages of the pathway.

Before starting the assessment process, SENCOs should:

  • hold a face-to-face meeting with the parents and carers to discuss the pathway documents
  • explain that the child will move onto the pathway if they meet the threshold for assessment


First stage of the pathway:

Only use pathway documents as part of a face-to-face conversation. Do not post or hand them over without explanation.

To request your copy, email education.projects@eastsussex.gov.uk

Autism information for parents and carers 

You can share this information after diagnosis:

Pathological Demand Avoidance

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) statement

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