Please excuse the double post, I have also posted this in SEN. I'm not sure what's the best place to get some advice. My 6 year old son has attended the same school since nursery and in that time each teacher he has had has made a pseudo-diagnosis of an autistic spectrum disorder based on (what I believe to be) very tenuous evidence. My son is a bright, articulate and loving child who has does not have a problem with social interactions. He is not the most popular child in the class but he has many friends and does not particularly spend time on his own. He does have some attachment to routines and can become upset when plans have been changed. He has passionate interests, but these are not obsessive as he enjoys a wide range of activities and is interested in many topics. He is a rather grown-up child for his age and can take things quite seriously, but he is definately not without a sense of humour or the ability to be lighthearted. He can become anxious about odd things, at the moment for example he becomes distressed at school if he is last in the line.They apparently have noticed other symptoms over the 3 years that we have never seen, for example at the age of 3 his nursery teacher believed he had a problem making eye contact with adults. He is a very intelligent child (level 3 reader in year 1). We do not have any problems with him at home, nor does his childminder of 4 years. I myself am a primary school teacher and have taught children with ASD and with Asperger's and my son does not come close to the complex needs exhibited by these children, Each teacher has repeated the same speech to me in successive parents evenings, basically that he possibly has an ASD, that his symptoms aren't serious enough to warrant them suggesting an assessment, that it's something we should keep an eye on. We have various medical links in the family, including a consultant psychiatrist, and have discussed this matter with them at length. None of them are of the opinion that our child has an ASD. We have explained this to each teacher he has had and have previously discussed it with the head. We are incredibly reluctant to put our child through an official assessment, he is very perceptive and would figure out what is going on- I believe this would be emotionally damaging to him. As he is what they describe as 'high fucntioning', we have been told that no extra support would be made available even if a diagnosis was made.