NHS - Journey to Autism Diagnostic Service (JADES) - West Essex

A service to diagnose autism in children and young people.

How it can help

A JADES assessment can rule out or confirm a diagnosis of autism in children. 

Whether your child receives a diagnosis of autism or not, you will be given a plan of care, including a clear explanation, and recommendations for your child. 

The JADES assessment usually involves a play-based assessment and a parent carer interview. 


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Children and young people who are registered with a GP in the West Essex area.

Referrals must be completed by your child’s GP together with their teacher, Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) or early years practitioner.

How to access

A referral is needed to access JADES. Speak to a professional who knows your child, such as:

  • GP
  • therapist
  • school or early years setting staff
  • health visitor
  • school nurse

Opening hours

Monday: 9:00-17:00
Tuesday: 9:00-17:00
Wednesday: 9:00-17:00
Thursday: 9:00-17:00
Friday: 9:00-17:00
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Special need


Area(s) covered

Epping Forest



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