Child Autism Assessment
Are you worried that your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and you do not want to wait several months to see a specialist? Are you feeling dissatisfied with the outcome of a previous assessment – perhaps the clinical team was not able to decide about ASD – and would like a further opinion?
The Autism Service can complete a diagnostic assessment with your child. The outcome of this will either be a diagnosis of ASD or confirmation that your child does not have ASD. The diagnostic assessment we offer is thorough and based on several years' experience, plus knowledge of relevant guidance and research.
We understand what works and what does not work in terms of completing reliable diagnostic assessments. There are no short-cuts and less robust assessments are more likely to result in diagnoses being missed or children being incorrectly diagnosed.
Our diagnostic assessment consists of:
- Structured observation of your child in clinic
- Developmental history (parent interview)
- Observation of your child in school and discussion with teaching staff
- Review of available reports
- Diagnostic discussion by assessing team
- Feedback meeting with you and your child
We use the best available tools – ADOS-2 and ADI-R – to do our assessment and children will always be seen by more than one clinician.
The fee for a diagnostic assessment for a child is £2095. This is payable in two parts: you pay £395 for the initial observation of your child in clinic and only pay the remaining £1700 if the clinician recommends the full assessment. This way, you do not pay for more than you need.
The fee includes a report and advice, and a dedicated point of contact or keyworker during the assessment process.
For children who attend a school that is over 20 miles from the clinic base, an additional fee will be incurred per mile for travel.
The signs and symptoms of autism vary depending on age, sex and severity. A 10-year-old male with severe autism will ‘look’ different...
I believe that parents should be able to get a clear professional opinion about whether or not their child has ASD within weeks of a concern first being raised. To be told that there might be something ‘wrong’ with your child is one of the most difficult things a parent can hear, and to have to wait several months for an assessment creates unnecessary distress; as well as preventing children getting the help they need at what is often a critical time in their development. I also believe that having ASD can have a massive impact on a child’s psychological well-being, but that this impact can be reduced through the provision of effective interventions
Dr Lisa Williams (Lead Clinical Psychologist)
- Assessment completed by a multi-disciplinary team
- Use of gold standard tools like the ADOS-2 and ADI-R
- In line with best practice guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
- Practice of each clinician is regulated by an independent body
- Understand the many ways autism can present