Autism assessment services
Our team offer private assessment and diagnostic services for Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC; also now known as autism spectrum disorder; ASD) assessment and diagnostic services to adults and children.
Our team benefits from the expertise of a wide range of health professionals.
What is ASC?
Autism is neurodevelopmental condition where individuals may exhibit difficulties in particular areas of social interaction and communication. These may include speech delay as an infant, repetitive behaviours or highly focussed interests; sensory sensitivities; and limited use and understanding of non-verbal communication and gestures. Individuals with these types of difficulties can often struggle managing routines within their normal, everyday lives and may have difficulties establishing building and maintaining relationships. As a result of a misunderstanding from those around them, children with autism may sometimes be described as ‘naughty’ due to the unique way they communicate emotional distress and understand the world around them through behaviours that challenge.
Our gold standard approach to assessment
Developed around national guidelines, the comprehensive service offers a gold standard approach to ASC diagnosis, with the overall goal to gain holistic understanding of the identified areas of concern. A minimum of 18 hours of professional time is allocated to each assessment, which as standard includes:
- a clinical consultation for parents with a clinical psychologist
- a direct observation and clinical assessment of the individual (this assessment is play-based for children and activity-based for adults)
- an assessment of cognition/intellectual difficulties (if applicable)
- liaison with your child’s school (if applicable)
- observation in the school environment (if applicable)
- a multidisciplinary team meeting
- a full diagnostic report, including recommendations which will be shared as part of a feedback appointment
Due to this comprehensive level of assessment, our Neurodiversity Team are expertly placed to diagnose Autism Spectrum Condition and also advise on differential diagnosis, and/or co-existing conditions.
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Rather than simply providing a diagnosis, our team can also offer focussed post-assessment support services to help families support their children to thrive and meet their potential. Due to the wide range of professionals, a tailored, individualised approach can be recommended to families depending on the needs of the child or young person.
Why seek a diagnosis?
Not everyone who suspects that they or their child may have ASC may want to seek a diagnosis. However, for many, a diagnosis can have significant benefit. In particular, it can help you make sense of the difficulties your child is experiencing and can support you (and others) to compassionately understand some of the behaviours that you may see.
In understanding these difficulties as part of the autism spectrum, parents are more equipped to obtain focussed support to help them and their child manage their difficult experiences. This often helps young people with autism feel validated, understood and enabled in their everyday lives, allowing them to thrive and reach their potential.