Autism spectrum disorder assessments

Explanation of how to book an ASD assessment

Social Communication Disorders like Autism and Asperger’s are alifelong developmental disability, which affect how an individual communicateswith, and relates to other people. These conditions are often alsocharacterised by restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests oractivities, or strong preferences. Because it is a “spectrum” condition itvaries in severity from "low functioning” to “high functioning” any oneperson with ASD will be different to another. Although all people with ASD willhave impairments in the same three areas Language and Communication, SocialInteraction, and Flexibility – the degree and intensity to how each of theseimpairments exist will be different in every individual.

Given the nature of impairments seen in adults with ASD, theycan often experience a range of cognitive, medical, emotional and behaviouralproblems alongside. People with ASD can experience physical problems, mentalhealth problems, relationship difficulties, friendship difficulties, sleepproblems, eating problems, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and sensorysensitivities. All of these problems together can substantially affect aperson’s quality of life, relationships, employment, self-esteem, and can createa social vulnerability.

Simple screening tests are available but should not be seen asan alternative to proper assessment and diagnosis. A careful assessment isneeded to get an accurate picture of symptoms, and their effect on theindividual. A diagnosis can often bring with it relief, as it provides anexplanation, and also enables support to be accessed, such as help atuniversity and in employment.

Autism Diagnosis for Adults

Our adult assessments involve taking a detailed developmentalhistory with the patient’s parents or family members. This helps giveus important information about symptoms and how they featured while growing up.We also carry out diagnostic testing using the Autistic Diagnostic ObservationSchedule (ADOS). The assessment process may also include some or all of thefollowing:

  • Clinical interview
  • Review of school reports - if available
  • Multi-disciplinary clinical discussions
  • Detailed final diagnostic report
  • Feedback appointment with one clinician (face to face or telephone)

It may sometimes be necessary to undertake an additionalcognitive assessment, this helps provide information about the strengths andweakness in an intellectual profile (1.5 hours).

The findings from all the sources described are then evaluatedby our Clinical Psychologist, and/or Psychiatrist, in order to consider thefinal diagnosis.

A full and detailed report is produced, which can be discussedduring a follow-up appointment for feedback. We aim to deliver reports within 2weeks after having completed all the stages of our assessment. If a diagnosisis made, a full explanation will be given, as well as recommendations.

How to book an Autism spectrum disorder assessment?

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