A NEW autism diagnostic research service has launched on the Isle of Wight.
Bridges for Learning is a private educational psychology neurodevelopmental service and launched its service on September 20.
The multi-disciplinary team of professionals offer a service for children and young people, aged up to 25 years old.
Parents will have to pay for the diagnosis, although some groups are looking into funding.
There are an estimated 450 children on the Isle of Wight waiting for a diagnosis.
Although a full service will not be in place until next April, two interim providers — Psicon Ltd and Helios Ltd — have been brought in to clear the backlog.
Health chiefs have warned it could take up to a year to clear the backlog.