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Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychologist
  • Services
Autism Assessment
  • Over 150 cases completed to date
Expert Witness Reports
  • Many of cases completed
Marriage & Family Counselling
  • 28 years experience

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– Doctor of Psychology
– HCPC Counselling Psychologist since 19/01/2012
– Autism Assessment: Over 150 cases assessed to date
– Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychologist- Cardiff University and Bond Solon Qualifications for Expert Witness Work Completed
– 28 years’ experience as a Counselling Psychologist in the UK working with Children, Adolescents and Adults
– Expert Witness Psychological Report Writing since 2007 – many reports completed
– Strong knowledge and qualifications in therapeutic interventions using systemic and CBT framework
– Highly experienced in adolescent psychological assessments such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, trauma, PTSD, abuse and social withdrawal

Navigating the Autism Assessment Process in the UK

Autism, a complex and multifaceted condition, affects individuals across the UK in diverse ways. Understanding autism and its impact on one’s life is crucial, and the first step towards this understanding is often an autism assessment. This process can be intricate and daunting for many, but with the right information and support, it can also be a pathway to receiving the necessary assistance and accommodations.

The National Autistic Society provides comprehensive guidance for adults, parents, and carers through the diagnostic process. An autism diagnosis involves a detailed assessment conducted by a team of medical professionals. It is designed to understand the individual’s unique needs and challenges. The assessment day can be stressful, but knowing what to expect can ease some of that anxiety.

For those seeking an assessment, the NHS outlines clear steps to follow. It begins with a conversation with a GP or another health professional, who can then refer the individual for an autism assessment. The assessment itself is conducted by specialists and may include observations, interviews, and consultations with people who know the individual well.

Understanding what happens during an autism assessment is vital. The NHS provides insights into the various stages of the process, from filling out questionnaires to discussing the individual’s history and current challenges. The result of this assessment is a comprehensive report that confirms whether an individual is autistic, paving the way for support and services tailored to their needs.

For adults in England with an autism diagnosis, there is a right to a free needs assessment. This is crucial for determining the level of support required, irrespective of IQ or the presence of other disabilities. The Autism Act guidance ensures that anyone with an autism diagnosis is entitled to this assessment.

The journey through the autism assessment process in the UK may seem overwhelming, but it is a crucial step towards empowerment and self-understanding for autistic individuals and their families. With the right information and support, it can lead to a better quality of life and a deeper understanding of the unique perspectives that autistic individuals bring to our society. For more detailed information on the assessment process and available support, visit the National Autistic Society and NHS websites.