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Assessment of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) & Attention Deficity Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) : Neuro-Developmental Assessments

We are able to provide families with a full developmental assessment in relation to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) & Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). These assessments involve the following:

  • An appointment with the young person in the clinic to ask them about the details of their difficulties and to do a task/play-based assessment if required. This task/play-based assessment is called the ADOS-2 and is one of the recommended assessments in helping to diagnose ASD.
  • For children of primary school age the clinician would sit in one of their classes to observe them and see what difficulties they may have. For young people in secondary school information is gathered from a teacher who knows them well and can comment on how they are doing academically and when mixing with other young people their age.
  • Parents are invited to complete a detailed developmental assessment that asks questions about milestones such as the age they started to walk and talk and questions about any difficulties they had from an early age.

    The national guidelines for these type of assessments recommend that they are carried out by more than one clinician, so our assessments are carried out between two clinical psychologists. Assessments may then be discussed further with a psychiatrist who specialises in working with children and young people. Any diagnosis is made using more than one clinician as it is suggested that this is more reliable.

When all of the information has been gathered and scored a decision is made about diagnosis. The family are then invited to attend an appointment for feedback with one or both of the clinicians that carried out the assessment. An opinion is given about whether the young person meets the criteria for a diagnosis. If they do not meet the criteria an explanation of why the young person has the difficulties they do is suggested and this may require further assessment or support from other professionals. If this is the case the family will be pointed in the direction of the people that will be able to help with this. After the feedback session a report is written with a summary of the assessment and the findings. This report also includes recommendations for supporting the young person at home and school, which the parents and teachers can then put in place. Once the report is sent to the family they can share this with anyone they feel it would be helpful to e.g. school.

An additional service that can be provided is for the clinicians that complete the assessment to meet with teachers to discuss the results of the assessment and to suggest strategies to support the young person when they are in school.

This could include recommendations that may be helpful in supporting children that are going to be moving from primary to secondary school.

Cost - As cases vary according to what precisely is needed, we ask you to contact us for the price.