Diagnostic Assessment

Diagnostic Assessment Process

The length of time for a diagnostic assessment can vary depending on the complexity of the case. It is likely the individual will need to have 2 – 3 appointments with me so I can obtain their experiences and accounts of their life.

For further information on the assessment process please do not hestiate to contact me.

Report and Findings

Findings and conclusions are explained in detail. The services needed are discussed with the person, or their parents or carers (if consent given from adult).

There is plenty of time for discussion around the findings. Questions about coping with behaviour and different interventions are frequent.

It is possible to give some general advice but referrals are made back to local services and to the network of the national and local autism societies for specific help.

Reports with findings and recommendations are written and drafts are sent to parents or carers of children for whom they are legally responsible.

In the case of adult referrals, individual decisions have to be made, because reports may contain information from sources other than the parents themselves.

The final reports are sent to the General Practitioner.

Post-Diagnostic Sessions for Autism/Asperger Syndrome

If the adult concerned is diagnosed with an Autism spectrum condition then 1 to 2 post-diagnostic support sessions will be offered to the adult and/or parents/family.

This gives the adult concerned and their family the opportunity to discuss any questions regarding the diagnosis and strategies for support.

The adult concerned and family are normally seen individually.

Post-Diagnostic Support needs include:

Information on and discussion of:

  • Features of ASC and AS
  • Disclosure of diagnosis
  • Personal Strengths and challenges
  • Questions the individual may have about ASC