I work in a respite centre for autistc children and young people. The amount of children and young people we get that have not had statements is unbelievable. We have children who we know display autistic traits, but specialists do not like to make a diagnosis nowdays for fear of the child being stigmatised.I feel that these specialists( or so called)are not doing parents/ carers and children any good by steering away from diagnosis. How can you get a statement for children by doing that. It is called autistic spectrum disorder so each child and young person have different needs as some are more severe than others.