ASD Assessments Preston & Online Appointments
The Therapy company offers ASD assessments to diagnose Autistic Spectrum Disorder. We see young people from age 6 to 16. The diagnostic assessment we offer is robust and based on several years of experience, and relevant guidance and research.
ASD assessments and diagnosis may include the following; watching how you child interacts, reading reports sent from your child’s GP or school, and asking further questions about your child’s development.
What is Autism?
When people refer to “Autism,” they are usually referring to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a brain-based disorder that is characterized by social-communication challenges and restricted and repetitive behaviors, activities, and interests.
Autism is about four times more likely to affect boys than girls and is found in all racial, ethnic, and social groups.
If you are wondering whether your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and would like an assessment, we are the right service for you.
People with ASD commonly struggle with every-day interaction, social communication, and repetitive or restricted behaviours.
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ASD Assessments – The Process
Our highly-qualified psychiatrists follow a set process for ASD assessments that can be carried out either in-person or online, depending on your personal preferences. Our assessment process comprises of:
1) Psychiatric History – Our psychiatrists will study previous reports from GP’s, schools, and other bodies.
2) Detailed neurodevelopment History – Involves asking questions about early childhood development and current behaviours.
3) Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – This is considered the ”Gold Standard” in diagnosing ASD. Involves semi-structured assessment of social interaction.
4) Autism Spectrum Rating Scales – (Parent and School) – A technical report providing that is used to assist in measuring ASD.
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ASD Assessments - Our Team
The Therapy Company have a dedicated team of fully accredited and trained private psychiatrists that are able to provide in-person and online ASD assessments, depending on your personal requirements and preferences.
You can contact us today to book your initial appointment or head over to our meet the team page to find out more.
ASD Assessments – FAQs
The Therapy company offers a diagnostic assessment for Autistic Spectrum Disorder. We see young people from age 6 to 16. The diagnostic assessment we offer is robust and based on several years of experience, and relevant guidance and research.
We do not offer Speech and Language assessments. We also do not offer post-diagnostic services for Autism.
The diagnostic process is completed in a month. It may involve 2 to 3 appointments at The Therapy Company or on video-link (when appropriate). Following the diagnostic assessment, we offer both verbal and written feedback on our findings.
The best age for an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment can vary depending on individual circumstances and the presence of early signs or concerns. The earlier you or your loved one is diagnosed, the quicker you can gain peace of mind and work with psychiatrists like ourselves to formulate a plan to best manage symptoms with many options available.
In-person ASD assessments are generally accurate and much more accurate than online tests. However, It’s important to note that while ASD assessments are generally accurate, no assessment is infallible. The Therapy Company conducts ASD assessments in-line with diagnostic criteria, such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R), to aid in diagnosis.
An Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis can have a range of potential benefits for you and / or your loved one. While receiving a diagnosis may initially raise questions and concerns, it can ultimately lead to valuable support and resources. ASD diagnosis will give you access to the support you require from our private psychiatrists.
We completely understand that it can be overwhelming and stressful when preparing yourself for an ASD assessment. However, there are certain things you can do to speed up the process and help our psychiatrists. For example, you can gather relevant information that we’ll require as part of assessment which will include medical records.
Yes, adults can and do get assessed for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD assessments are not limited to children and can be conducted at any age, from adolescence through adulthood. Many adults who failed to receive a diagnosis in their earlier years, but still recognise patterns consistent with ASD, often self refer with The Therapy Company.
The Therapy Company are proud to offer a 5-star ASD assessment service for children between the ages of 6-16 years of age. Our psychiatrists are highly-qualified and experienced in helping give you the answers you’re looking for. Meet our team of psychiatrists by visiting our meet the team page here.