Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Do you worry about your child's development and that you or your child might be showing signs consistent with ASD? Do they struggle in communicating with other people and in their relationships? Are they rigid in their thinking and have a very literal view of the world? Are you or your child unsure about having a formal diagnosis?
There is a 'gold standard' approach to assessing ASD which is suggested in best practice guidelines. This includes a semi-structured assessment with the individual which assesses play, communication and behaviour associated with ASD, as well as an interview with a parent or carer who is able to give detailed information about the child's early development. The 'gold standard' assessment also suggests a multi-professional approach to assessment. We both completed our training in the ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) with Great Ormond Street Hospital.
We understand that some children and/or parents are unsure about gaining a formal diagnosis. We are able to offer a pre-ASD assessment, and give you the opportunity to discuss the results at length. This will enable you to decide whether to go ahead with referral for a full assessment in the NHS. A detailed report will be written, which will contain recommendations as to best support your child. If you decide to go ahead with assessment this report can be forwarded to the NHS at your request to support a formal assessment, which may make the process shorter.
We are able to offer a flexible assessment package...
- Cognitive Assessment
- Developmental Assessment
- School Observation/Consultation
Adapting to a diagnosis: has your child recently been diagnosed with a condition?
Understandably, this can be a very confusing and challenging time. Having worked in health services, we understand that there is a lack of support available after receiving a diagnosis. We are able to offer therapeutic support to parents (and children and families where required) in relation to having received a diagnosis, such as ASD, learning disability and ADHD. These sessions aim to provide you with space to explore and understand the diagnosis and give you the opportunity to ask any questions. You will also be able to talk about how you are thinking and feeling, as well as consider the future and what impact this might have on your family unit.
Contact us in confidence on:
t: 07895 805 657/ 07745 987 551