What to expect from an assessment for Autism..
In our service, we have two key aims. Firstly, is to ensure that we provide the highest quality service to our families by using the best assessment tools with highly skilled, experienced, and competent clinicians. Secondly, is to support the families in our service through the assessment process.
The assessment process can sometimes be challenging for parents, children and young people. You will meet new professionals, relay lots of information and may feel overwhelmed at times. We are always at the end of the phone to answer any questions, queries and concerns that you may have along the way.
From your first call with our Administrator, Geraldine, you will be guided through all the steps involved in having an assessment for your child. As a Mum to three teenagers Geraldine understands the concerns and worries you may have as a parent. She will send forms to you to complete along with appointment reminders and dates for your diary. She will make the booking process as streamlined and stress free as possible.
Our Speech and Language Team (SLT), Catherine, Edel and Fiona and Occupational Therapy (OT) team are experienced therapists in providing assessments and intervention for children and adolescents. You will have a detailed discussion with the SLT or OT about your child’s early development and your concerns to date using a questionnaire known as the ADI-R. Our Clinical Psychologists, Avril and Gina are highly skilled and experienced in providing high quality assessments using the best possible assessment tools.
We will then meet with you and your child. This assessment involves play tasks, books and toys for younger children with the focus for older children on interaction skills, conversational skills and creativity. The Speech and Language Therapist and Clinical Psychologist then have a detailed discussion, collate all the information you have provided. We liaise with the child’s school and review in detail, the information the school have provided. We then make a diagnostic decision as part of the multidisciplinary team. This is to establish a detailed and holistic understanding of your child and their strengths and areas of need.
You will be provided with a feedback appointment at the end of the process. During the feedback we discuss the outcome of the assessment and the supports that you can access for both you as a parent and your child.
After receiving a diagnosis, parents can feel many types of emotions and we are here to support you following your diagnosis too. We can provide speech therapy, occupational therapy and psychological intervention for children and families to best support your individual needs as you move forward as a family.