If you think your child has Autism or Asperger’s and would like a diagnosis, we can help. Getting a diagnosis for your child or teenager can be key to understanding what your child’s difficulties might be and to ensuring they get the best possible support in place.
It is important to get an assessment with a Psychologist who is trained and experienced in diagnosing ASD, to ensure they consider all aspects of your child’s life and other conditions that may be present. The ‘gold-standard’ approach to diagnosing Autism in children is to have several clinicians involved – this is known as a multi-disciplinary approach and ensures a comprehensive and objective assessment.
Before the full multi-disciplinary diagnostic assessment we recommend an initial psychology consultation that usually takes 1-2 hours according to complexity. If your child screens negative for autism, then we would not recommend proceeding to the full assessment.
What does the child and adolescent autism assessment package involve?
At Iris Therapies, the Autism assessment package has been developed based on evidence based best practice and meets NICE guidelines. It is a very detailed and fully comprehensive Autism assessment involving a total of over 13 hours of time by two different clinicians. This involves psychometric questionnaires, face to face appointments and a comprehensive report. As ASD is a lifelong condition (there is no ‘cure’) – we will want to be absolutely certain your child has ASD before offering you a diagnosis.