What should I do if the nursery thinks my child might have ASD?

If a nursery or pre-school suspects there may be issues with your child's development, then they should raise this with you in a gentle and professional way.

Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is exactly that - a very wide spectrum of lots of different disorders, some very mild, some not. 

Unfortunately, it does seem the bludgeoning approach of "we think your child has ASD" is still occasionally used, which can feel a bit like a slap in the face.

However you might feel, the main advice is to keep calm. Just because the nursery has raised the issue doesn't mean your child does has developmental problems. Children all develop at different rates and in different ways.

But once the possibility of ASD has been raised, your next step is to get in touch with your health visitor or GP.

"My health visitor was my first port of call," says one mum. "She referred my son to the clinic doctor, who was a community paediatrician."

This is best done as soon as you can, so that you can get in the 'system', as in some places there can be considerable waiting times to be seen and the sooner you know what you're dealing with the better, say Mumsnetters who've been there before you. 

Last updated: about 3 years ago