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The Elizabeth Newson Centre for Diagnosis and Assessments

The Elizabeth Newson Centre is a specialist diagnostic assessment centre for children and young people. We offer assessments for children and young people with possible social communication difficulties, such as Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). We aim to provide both initial assessments for autism, as well as assessment for individuals with more complex presentations.

We have a particular expertise and experience in the assessment of individuals who present with pervasive and severe difficulties associated with demands and social expectations, and we aim to understand this from a psychological perspective, drawing from current theories and from the evidence base.

In line with research and current understanding of Autism Spectrum Conditions, we recognise that Autism is a dimensional concept, impacting all aspects of social communication and relationships. We use the internationally recognised diagnostic framework, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th edition (American Psychiatric Association, 2013), and all of our assessments are informed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines.

Our work is values-led, and we aim to be compassionate, strengths-oriented, and rigorous. We value different perspectives and aim to improve our work through innovation.


At the Elizabeth Newson Centre, we are able to offer the following types of assessment for individuals between the ages of 6 and 25 years:

  • Initial Autism assessments.
  • Assessments for more complex presentations of Autism.
  • Assessments in cases where a previous assessment for Autism has been carried out, but significant questions and difficulties remain.
  • We may offer a cognitive assessment as part of the assessment process, if our clinicians deem this to be necessary (please note that we do not offer separate cognitive assessments)


Elizabeth Newson Centre History


The Assessment Process

Pathological Demand Avoidance


You can get in touch with The Elizabeth Newson Centre by using the contact information below:

Email address: diagnostic-centre@autismeastmidlands.org.uk

Telephone number: 0115 9609263

The Elizabeth Newson Centre
Bath Street