Autism Diagnosis for Children
The complex neuropsychological nature of ASD means that careful assessment is needed to gain an accurate picture of symptoms and their effect on the individual. Proper evaluation and accurate diagnosis is extremely important and requires input from the family, GP, school, Clinical Psychologist, Child Psychiatrist, and sometimes other professionals, such as speech therapists and occupational therapists.
Simple screening tests are available but should not be seen as an alternative to proper assessment and diagnosis. In line with national guidelines we offer the following ASD assessment package for children seen at the Practice:
Autism Diagnostic Package
The assessment for ASD is multidisciplinary, meaning it is carried out by two health professionals.
The assessment process is as follows:
- Clinical interview (initial assessment appointment)
- School liaison and information gathering
- School observations - if required
- ADOS - Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule
- Multi-disciplinary clinical discussions
- Detailed final diagnostic report
- Feedback appointment with one clinician (face to face or telephone)
A detailed developmental history will be taken and school based information will be requested. You may also be asked to complete questionnaires and your child will be seen for an individual diagnostic test known as the ADOS which will last for one hour. It may also be necessary to undertake a cognitive assessment, which helps provide information about the strengths and weakness in a child’s intellectual profile. This will last for one and a half hours.
In some cases a school visit may be also be needed. This is usually when there appears to be an inconsistent picture of symptoms, presentation, or the child appears to be in the borderline range making it more complex to consider a final diagnosis.
The findings from all the sources described are then evaluated by our Clinical Psychologist and Child Psychiatrist in order to consider the final diagnosis.
A full and detailed report is produced for all children and young people, which can be discussed during a follow-up appointment for feedback with one clinician. We aim to deliver reports within two weeks of the assessment being completed. If a diagnosis is made a full explanation will be given, as well as recommendations.
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