Assessment for Autism

The childhealthy team provide a high quality, multi-disciplinary assessment service for children with possible Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

We are currently providing assessments for children aged between 2 - 12 years.

The assessment is delivered by a Consultant Developmental Paediatrician and a Highly Specialist Paediatric Speech & Language Therapist with many years of experience in working with children with developmental differences and a high level of expertise in Autism and Neurodiversity.

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The assessment comprises of the following stages:

  • An initial developmental paediatric assessment during which parental concerns and priorities will be discussed and the child is physically examined. At this appointment, a recommendation will be made as to whether a full assessment for ASD would be helpful for your child. The cost for this initial assessment with a consultant is £485.
  • A further diagnostic history-taking appointment (using the Autism Diagnostic Interview – ADI-R) – this appointment can be arranged virtually if preferred.
  • A play-based assessment of the child’s communication, interaction and play skills (using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – ADOS II).
  • A formal assessment of the child’s understanding and expressive language skills and communication profile.
  • Information will be obtained from the child’s current education setting (nursery or school) - with parental consent.
  • A feedback meeting with the professionals involved in the assessment and the child’s parents in order to discuss the findings and recommendations.  This will be carried out virtually.
  • A report will be produced which summarises the assessment and recommendations, individually tailored to the needs of the child.

Some children may require additional assessments, for example:

  • An assessment of learning (cognitive) skills (Bayley Scales of Development).
  • A detailed observation of the child’s communication and interaction skills at school.

The cost for the initial assessment with a consultant is £485 and if recommended all the subsequent steps of the standard assessment are charged at £2565.  If additional assessments are required this will be discussed with the parents in advance and will be charged separately. Please contact our office for more information.

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