Autism Assessment

We offer autism assessments for individuals from the age of 5 and into adulthood. Our team follow NICE guidance and our assessments have been accepted by local authorities and NHS trusts (however we always advise you check with your local area that independent assessments are accepted).

Our team are experienced in the various autistic profiles for example the autistic PDA profile and female presentation (not just for females). We use a range of tools during the assessment process including the ADOS-2, RAADS and ADI-R as well as supplementary questionnaires such as the CAT-Q and EDA-Q. Throughout the process our peer support practitioners will be available to offer support while you go through your discovery journey.

Once we have completed your assessment, our team will meet (this is called a multi-disciplinary team meeting) to review the information we have found about your or your young person against the DSM-V-TR (Diagnostic Statistical Manual)

All our assessments come with a comprehensive report which details the outcome as well as recommendations we feel will be helpful.

For young people who do meet the criteria for an autism diagnosis we also provide an accessible strength based report as well as a congratulation letter from our peer support practitioner welcoming them into the autistic community.

Assessing Profiles of Autism Spectrum Condition

We get lots of enquiries about our experience of assessing the various profiles of Autism Spectrum Condition, for example female presentation, Savant or PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance). During all Autism assessments completed with a young person or adult, we consider the various profiles and how this might present. For example, in the ADOS-2 informed observational assessment, we will be assessing how someone respond to interaction demands or make what we call ‘presses’ to determine if someone is camouflaging.

Our team have extensive experience in assessing all the various profiles including PDA and will always follow NICE guidance and make recommendations based on needs and individuals’ strengths. At present autistic profiles are not within the DSM-V as separate diagnoses and therefore we consider these as profiles

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