AUTISM ASSESSMENT CLINIC
We see all children and young people and complete gold standard comprehensive assessments to understand the young person's strengths and difficulties.
IN SUMMARY AN ASD ASSESSMENT WILL INCLUDE:
Initial general assessment of the child or young person's needs.
Screening questionnaires sent out for the patient, family and school to complete. Review of education liaison form and also any previous school, psychology or medical reports.
A detailed interview about the problems and to identify whether there are any other problems.
A child assessment.
An interview with a family member who knows the child well.
A comprehensive ASD assessment report, provided to the parents/carer and the referrer.
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.
HOW DO WE ASSESS ASD?
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 ASD assessment report with recommendations will be completed.
Eleos Clinic recommends that this is shared with the GP, school and other people in the young person's life to help them understand more about the difficulties and help implement any strategies.
A full diagnosis, whether this confirms ASD 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 ASD (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 child or young person is experiencing, using the words of the patient and will lead to 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.