Autism Diagnostics

Autism Diagnostic Research Centre (ADRC)

The autistic spectrum encompasses a complex set of conditions; each person presents a unique set of issues. It is the understanding of the individual’s condition that changes the diagnostic process from being a label of limited value to one which can transform an individual’s life and add enormous value to the assessment process. The ADRC report, in combination with Autism Awareness training and consultancy and supervision of professionals working with people with autism, is at the core of what ADRC believes is needed to help all children, young people and adults with Autism lead fulfilling and rewarding lives.

ADRC is an independent registered charity and provides a high quality autism assessment and diagnostic service. It has been based at Rose Road, Southampton, for more than eight years.

ADRC was set-up to provide a diagnostic framework based on best practice. It has a dedicated paediatric assessment and diagnostic team and a dedicated adult assessment and diagnostic team. ADRC is one of a very few specialist services in the UK, bringing together experts in the field of autism to form an interdisciplinary team from Clinical Psychology (both child and adult services), Neuropsychology, Psychiatry (both Adult Mental Health and Learning Disability services), Education, Autism Specialist Nursing, Psychosexual Counselling and Behaviour Intervention. Each member of the team has expertise and experience of working in the field of autism.

The clinicians work collectively to formal diagnostic criteria from which an autism diagnosis, differential diagnosis or dual diagnosis might safely be confirmed. Cognitive strengths and weakness are formally assessed using a neuropsychological test battery based on contemporary research findings.

In February 2013 ADRC was shortlisted by the National Autistic Society for an award for clinical excellence and was highly commended by the award judges. ADRC was shortlisted for the same award in 2014 and 2015.

ADRC is a qualified provider for 18+ for Wiltshire and GPs from Wiltshire can make referrals directly to ADRC. For children and young people an application for funding would need to be made through the appropriate route.

Categories of SEND

Cognition and learning, Communication and Interaction, Sensory and/or physical development difficulties, Medical conditions , Emotional, social & mental health difficulties

Age group

Early years, Primary, Secondary, Post 16, Transition to adult services.


Consultancy Service, Health and/or Social Care Service, Targeted Service & Specialist Practitioners

Referral process

ADRC does not accept self-referrals. Referrals can be made by GPs, healthcare professionals, schools, Local Authorities and commissioners. Funding needs to be in place prior to a referral being made. PLEASE NOTE: ADRC does not make applications for funding so it is the responsibility of the referrer, or family if they are self-funding, to ensure that funding is in place prior to the referral being made.


For more details on the assessment process please download the following assessment information sheets:

Assessment Information – Adults

Assessment Information – Children


More information



Telephone:      023 80202631

Address:    ADRC, Unity 12, 9-19 Rose Road, Southampton, SO14 6TE

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