Assessment

We are able to offer a range of assessments according to the circumstances of the individual. Ideally, a thorough assessment would involve two parts, a detailed developmental history (Autism Diagnostic Interview – ADI-R) and an observational assessment (Autism Diagnostic Observational Schedule – ADOS-2) with the individual.

Details about early behaviour are crucial to gaining information to help make a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.  It is helpful to invite a parent, sibling or spouse to the assessment therefore. Whilst this information is more easily available from parents when assessing a child, it can often be difficult to obtain, or for parents to remember accurately, when assessing an adult. The use of family records or information can be helpful in such cases, or alternative assessments may be used such as the Adult Asperger Assessment.

We are also able to offer a cognitive assessment for adults if appropriate (Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – WAIS-IV), and assessment of more common co-occurring mental health issues as well as specific forensic assessments.

Full written reports of the assessment results can be provided and a solution-focussed feedback session following assessment is also available.

Dr Powis and Dr Morrison may both be involved in the assessment process, to ensure a more rounded and reliable opinion.

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