Autism Assessments for Children

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Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how an individual communicates with and relates to other people and is also characterised by restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests or activities. It is a “spectrum” condition which means that it varies in severity from” low functioning” to “high functioning” autism (previously known as Asperger’s syndrome).

 

 

In addition to these features, people with autism frequently experience a range of cognitive, learning, language, medical, emotional and behavioural problems. These can include a need for routine and difficulty understanding other people, including their intentions, feelings and perspectives. Approximately 60-70% of people with autism have some degree of learning disability and around 70% have at least 1 other (often unrecognised) physical or mental health problem, such as sleep problems, eating problems, epilepsy, anxiety, depression, ADHD, coordination problems and sensory sensitivities. These problems can substantially affect the person’s quality of life and that of their families or carers, and lead to social vulnerability.

We offer the following Autism assessments for children at the Centre:

Autism Diagnostic Package

This assessment is carried out by at least two clinicians and takes approximately three to four hours. Information is obtained from home and school and evaluated before the appointment. The main assessments carried out on the day include an ADOS-2, parent interview and a cognitive assessment. The cognitive assessment measures intellectual ability and includes assessment of comprehension, reasoning, working memory and processing speed. Difficulties in some of these areas are sometimes seen in children with Autism and if identified, measures can be put into place in school to help your child. The ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) is a semi-structured assessment of communication, social interaction and play (or imaginative use of materials) carried out with your child and the parental interview concentrates on developmental history and current behaviours.

We will also explore other possible diagnoses that may have been highlighted or observed. Feedback is given at the end of the session and a comprehensive report is produced with a detailed explanation of the findings and future recommendations. A follow-up session is also included, in order for you to go through the report and ask any questions.

Cost of assessment £1800

We may recommend additional assessments such as a Speech and Language or Occupational Therapy assessment as appropriate.

Combined ADHD & Autism Diagnostic Package

In view of the fact that ADHD and Autism often overlap with other conditions, we also offer this more comprehensive package which would be recommended for children who may have more complex difficulties. The assessment is carried out by two clinicians, one of whom will be a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. Prior to the appointment, questionnaires will be sent out to home and school and as much information as possible is gained from other sources. These screening questionnaires are scored in advance of the appointment and are useful tools for assessing the possibility of ADHD, Autism and a number of other related conditions which may “co-exist” with ADHD and autism.

The assessment itself takes around three and a half to four hours and includes an ADOS-2, developmental history, QB Check and a cognitive assessment. The cognitive assessment measures intellectual ability and includes assessment of comprehension, reasoning, working memory and processing speed. Difficulties in some of these areas are sometimes seen in children with ADHD/Autism and if identified, measures can be put into place in school to help your child. The ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) is a semi-structured assessment of communication, social interaction and play (or imaginative use of materials) carried out with your child, and the developmental history is a structured interview with parents, concentrating on early development and current behaviours. QB Check is a computerised test which adds to the ADHD part of the assessment.

We will also explore other possible diagnoses that may have been highlighted or observed. Feedback is given at the end of the session and a comprehensive report is produced with a detailed explanation of the findings and future recommendations. A follow-up session is also included, in order for you to go through the report and ask any questions.

Cost of Assessment £2400

 

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