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  • What assessment tools do you use to assess for autism?
    We use NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) recommended assessments. We use a clinical interview informed by the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-r). We also use play-based observations and interviews using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd Edition (ADOS-2). For children we also gather information from educational settings and any other relevant information.
  • How quickly will I be seen?
    We prioritise seeing you as quickly as possible. We will begin the assessment process within two weeks of your booking with us.
  • Where will the face to face meetings take place?
    Face-to-face appointments will occur at one of our clinics in Hitchin, St Alban's, Wolverhampton or Nottingham. When you book, we will send you full details on your chosen location, including parking, facilities and maps.
  • How will online sessions take place?
    Remote clinical interviews are held online using a secure virtual platform. You will need access to a computer and the internet in order to complete these. You will not need to download anything.
  • Do I need a referral?
    No. You can book with us directly. Please see the contact us page.
  • Will my final report be accepted by the NHS, HSE, Department of Education and other services?
    Our reports are written by professionally trained and registered specialists using Gold Standard assessment tools, which meet/exceed NICE recommendations. As a result, they meet the requirements of public bodies.
  • Will my post-assessment report include recommendations for support?
    Yes. We will discuss our suggested recommendations with you during your feedback call. We will work collaboratively with you to ensure that we have addressed your most important needs. This may include recommendations for: - School/education-based support and adjustments - Work and employment-based support and adjustments - Financial support - Signposting to local services - Details of literature, including first-person accounts by autistic persons - Sensory - Support with managing emotions
  • I am an adult; do I need to involve an informant?
    Ideally, it is helpful to gather information about your early developmental history including milestones and experiences from their perspective. This person can be a parent, sibling, spouse or close friend. However, we understand this is not always possible, and this will not stop you from pursuing an assessment with us.
  • Do you offer fully remote assessments ?
    Yes! We believe in giving more choice and accessibility to our clients. This is something we are proud to offer. Please get in touch to find out more about our online assessments.
  • I feel anxious about meeting and going somewhere new.
    This is completely understandable. We know that individuals get anxious when meeting new people and in new settings. We will take our time to make sure you feel comfortable. Please feel free to bring your comfort objects and anything that will help to make you feel ok. During remote sessions, please bring blankets, drinks, pets, fidget toys, plushies or anything else that makes you feel relaxed and calm. If you decide to have a face-to-face session, we will send photos and details of the clinic space so that you feel prepared. Please let us know if you have any specific needs, and we will do our best to accommodate them. We aim to make this a comfortable and enjoyable experience for you. It is your pathway and journey, after all!
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