We offer assessment and diagnostic services for adults (19+ years), teenagers (13-18 years) and children (5-12 years) who would like to explore the possibility that they are experiencing autistic spectrum disorder.
We assess for ASD in two or three phases to ensure a comprehensive assessment process. This process is sensitive and compassionate, tailored to the individual needs of each client and is carried out by both Dr Morven Templeton and Dr Emma Field to ensure that clinical judgements are balanced and objective. Where appropriate, our partner speech and language as well as occupational therapists are invited to contribute to the assessment process.
Assessment makes use of the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule version 2 (ADOS-2) which are evidence based, ‘gold standard’ diagnostic tools. The combination of these two different tools increases the reliability and validity of the assessment outcome.
The process of assessment for adults usually takes place over two sessions with the assessment process, using ADI-R and ADOS-2, taking around 5 hours.
When assessing a child, we may also observe them in school or at home, interview other members of the family or meet with wider professionals that may be involved in your child’s care or education.
We aim to complete the full assessment process from the first appointment within 4 to 6 weeks. This includes the provision of a comprehensive report detailing the findings of the assessment. If it is decided that the assessment requires a school visit or further professional input such as the contribution of speech and language experts, the process may take a little longer.
When you have had time to review your report, you will be invited to meet our psychologists to discuss the findings and you will have the opportunity to explore any questions you may have in relation to your assessment and the outcome.
- Adult Assessment* and report: £1500
- Teenage Assessment* and report: £1750
- Child Assessment* and report: £1900
*(including pre diagnostic consultation charge)