ADULT AUTISM ASSESSMENTS
We see adults who are looking for comprehensive and evidence based autism and neurodiversity assessments. As a multi-disciplinary team, we complete gold standard comprehensive assessments in line with NICE Guidelines and best current practice. All our clinicians who are involved in these assessments are specialists in neurodiversity and the overlaps with other conditions.
IN SUMMARY AN ASD ASSESSMENT WILL INCLUDE:
Screening questionnaires sent out for you to complete. Review of the liaison form and also any previous school, psychology or medical reports.
Initial general assessment which is a conversation with a member of the autism team.
A detailed in-depth conversation about the problems and to identify whether there are any other problems.
An observational assessment.
A feedback session, providing psychoeducation and information regarding recommendations. Post diagnostic support includes psychoeducation, lifestyle management, parenting sessions, occupational therapy, psychological sessions and medication for any additional diagnoses, if indicated.
A comprehensive assessment report. This document would support any diagnosis, and would inform your college/university or work of their responsibility to provide a fair and equitable environment, with access arrangements.
HOW DO WE ASSESS AUTISM?
We aim to support people with their autism diagnosis, through a collaborative process. We offer a strengths based approach, whilst also recognising the social, emotional and sensory challenges that being neurodiverse can bring.
We believe that being autistic is part of the human experience and are interested in supporting you to develop a deeper understanding of who you are.
We use a range of assessments including screening questionnaires, and gold standard assessments including ADOS-2, ADI-R and DISCO. We also complete specialist assessments to identify if there are co-existing conditions or challenges.
There may be further assessment recommended for ADHD, tics, mood or anxiety symptoms.
If further time is required, this will be discussed at the initial assessment. After the assessment, an autism assessment report with recommendations will be completed.
A full diagnosis, whether this confirms autism or any other problem, instead or as well as, is discussed in the follow up appointment. This appointment is important as there will be discussion regarding evidence based interventions for autism (if this confirmed) and also about any other issues which have been identified through the assessment.
We provide a formulation which is a shared understanding of the difficulties the patient is experiencing and recommendations which are tailored and bespoke for the patient.
We understand that everyone we see has their own unique differences and lifestyle. Our aim is to help people understand how their brain works and what they can do to help improve their lives and shine their light. There is an emphasis on practical strategies which can be implemented at home and in the education setting.
All of our clinicians are autism specialists, professional qualified and registered either with the British Psychological Society, General Medical Council or Health & Care Professions Council.