AUTISM SPECTRUM ASSESSMENTS AND SUPPORT
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is also referred to as Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). Asperger’s Syndrome is also part of the spectrum and would be considered as part of our assessments.
DIFFERENCE NOT DISORDER
The word ‘disorder’ stems from a historical understanding of autism as always problematic and disabling. Current understanding is much more positive and recognises the inherent strengths in this personality style. We like to think, therefore, of the ‘D’ in ASD as meaning difference.
WHO WE SEE
We provide diagnostic Autism assessments for children, teenagers and adults in Wiltshire, Swindon, Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset and Devon. We have a positive record of local authorities in all of these counties accepting our diagnoses.
HOW WE ASSESS FOR AUTISM / ASD
Our autism team include clinical psychologists and speech and language therapy to provide multi-disciplinary assessments following National Institute of Clinical Excellence guidelines. We also have access to other professionals, such as Occupational Therapists, should that be helpful as part of the assessment. We use internationally recognised assessment tools and questionnaires. We conduct our standard Autism / ASD assessments over 3 appointments (for children and teenagers) or 4 appointments (for adults).
HOW LONG DO AUTISM / ASD ASSESSMENTS TAKE?
We allocate a specific month for the assessment so that all of the appointments are completed by or within that month. This means that you will know from the beginning when the assessment will be completed. In very rare cases we need a bit longer to gather additional information and we will give you a time frame for that if it occurs. Following our assessments we provide a full written report with recommendations. Please allow up to 28 working days for the report.
IS THERE A WAITING LIST?
We have grown our team as demand has increased and so offer a responsive service. We usually complete assessments within 4 – 12 weeks
NOT SURE IF YOU NEED AN AUTISM / ASD ASSESSMENT?
Deciding to go ahead with an assessment is something that usually takes a lot of thought. There are a number of ways we can help with this thinking. We have an information sheet describing our assessment process in detail. We are happy to offer a free 15 minute telephone conversation to answer any questions or queries. We also offer a no-obligation initial assessment appointment where we can spend one hour exploring your concerns, the history of those concerns and explore whether an Autism / ASD assessment would be a good next step. If not, we would give guidance about alternate next steps.