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Diagnosing disabilities in children

Do you suspect that your child may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Motor Disorder or any other disorders? Children diagnosed with a disability have the right to special assistance.

Parents of children with a disability are entitled to home-care allowance from the State Social Security Institute.

Counselling and Diagnostic Centre

Counselling and Diagnostic Centre is a national institution serving young people from birth to 18 years of age, and their families. The aim is to help children with developmental disabilities achieve their potential and enjoy success in adult life by providing early intervention, multidisciplinary assessment, counselling and access to resources.

Furthermore, the centre educates parents and professionals about children’s disabilities and main treatment methods. Its staff members are involved in clinical research and various projects in the field of childhood disabilities in cooperation with local and international teams.

Family centered service

The centre puts emphasis on the principles of family-centred services, sensitivity and respect for the culture and values of each family. Parents are encouraged to take active part in decisions regarding the child´s services and to participate in intervention programs when possible.


Suspicion of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disability and Motor Disorders is the main reason for a referral to the Counselling and Diagnostic Centre.

Preliminary assessment must be made by a professional (for example paediatrician, psychologist, pre- and primary school specialists) before being referred to the centre.

Rights of children with disabilites

Children who are diagnosed with a disability have the right to special assistance in their youth pursuant to laws on disability rights. Furthermore, they have the right for services for the disabled under the auspices of the municipality.

Parents of children with a disabling condition are entitled to home-care allowances at the State Social Security Institute (www.tr.is) due to increased expenditure related to the child´s condition. Icelandic Health Insurance (www.sjukra.is) pay for assistive devices (wheelchairs, walkers etc.), therapy and travel expenses.

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More information

For more and detailed information about the Counselling and Diagnostic Centre, about the diagnostic process and the rights of the children diagnosed, please visit the website of the centre:

Counselling and Diagnostic Centre

Do you suspect your child may have Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability or a Motor Disorder? Children diagnosed with a disability have the right to special assistance in their youth.