Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Assessments
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder, which affects how people perceive the world around them.
Common characteristics can include social and communication difficulties; sensory difficulties; and restrictive/repetitive behaviours.
The difficulties associated with Autism can present in different environments (e.g., at home or at school) and can have a significant impact on a young person’s functioning. Our Autism Assessment Service has been specially designed to ensure that the young person and their needs are central to the process.
The Assessment Process:
Our team of Clinical Psychologists are fully trained and can conduct Autism assessments either remotely or face-to-face. The assessments are conducted by at least two clinicians, to ensure that the diagnostic process is impartial and comprehensive enough to generate the right outcome for your child. We aim to conduct full assessment within 4 weeks.-
Step 1. Initial Screening
Prior to any assessment, we screen every child to ensure that the Autism assessment is appropriate for them and their needs.
Parents and school teachers will be asked to complete the screening pack, which consists of questionnaires designed to gain insight into your child’s experiences. The responses provided will help us screen for ASD or any other mental health difficulties.
Step 2. Assessment Appointment
Your appointment will take place with two trained Clinical Psychologists from Seven Care Services – either remotely or face-to-face.
During the appointment, we will use multiple assessment tools (e.g., ADOS-2, ADI) and obtain a detailed developmental history from parents and carers. We will also have conversations with your child and directly observe their behaviour and interactions. The activities and tasks included during the assessment will allow us to gain an understanding of how your child perceives and navigates the world around them.
We understand that this can be quite a daunting process for you and your child and will endeavour to make you feel as safe and comfortable as possible throughout the assessment.
Step 3. Formulation & Feedback
Following your assessment appointment, a thorough discussion will take place between clinicians, to ensure that the diagnosis provided is accurate and to formulate an explanation of what may be going on for your child. The outcome and our recommendations will then be fed back to you by both clinicians, within 14-21 days of your assessment appointment.
Step 4. Report
Shortly after your feedback appointment, you will receive a full report detailing all of the information from the assessment. The report will clearly state the diagnosis provided, any wider formulation and recommendations for the most appropriate support for your child moving forward. You will also have an opportunity to request any amendments to your report.
Who can have an ASD assessment?
Young people aged from 5-19 years showing signs and symptoms of ASD.
Young people with fluent and coherent speech.
Young people without a diagnosed moderate to severe learning disability.
As a service we aim to deliver the highest standard of assessments, our psychologists have undergone many years of training as our assessments are in line with gold-standard guidelines for completing ASD assessments.
Our pricing structure is competitive for further information please fill out the contact us box below and we will get back to you.