Getting a diagnosis of autism can be a positive thing. It means you have an explanation for some of the difficulties your child may be experiencing, and it may also give you access to services and support.
The process of getting a diagnosis varies from country to country and sometimes even within the same country. In the UK you start the process by contacting your GP or health visitor who will then refer you on to more specialist services.
To find out more, please see our more detailed page on Diagnosis