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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

how autism presents in girls?

Understanding Autism in Girls
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental condition that involves persistent challenges in social interaction, speech and nonverbal communication, and restricted/repetitive behaviors. The ways in which autism presents can vary widely among individuals and across genders. Historically, the majority of research and diagnostic criteria have been based on characteristics observed in boys, leading to a gender bias in the understanding of autism. However, recent studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that autism in girls often presents differently, which can lead to underdiagnosis or misdiagnosis.
Girls with autism may not exhibit the same “classic” traits often seen in boys. Instead, they might engage in behaviors that are more socially acceptable, such as twirling their hair or immersing themselves in books, which can mask their autism traits. They may also be more adept at mimicking social interactions, a coping strategy known as “masking,” which can hide their difficulties in social situations. This masking can lead to internal stress, anxiety, and exhaustion.
In school settings, autistic girls may appear to have fewer social difficulties, as they are more likely to be part of a friendship group, which can lead teachers to overlook their autism traits. Additionally, their academic achievements may overshadow the challenges they face in other areas. Autistic girls may also experience intense interests, but these can align more closely with those of their non-autistic peers, making them less noticeable.
Healthcare professionals may lack knowledge about how autism presents differently in girls, which can result in misdiagnoses with mental health issues or overlooking autistic traits amid symptoms of co-occurring conditions. Diagnostic tools designed to identify characteristics more common in boys may not be sensitive to those found in girls, further complicating the diagnosis process.
Campaigns like the National Autistic Society’s ‘Now I Know’ aim to raise awareness of the experiences of late-diagnosed autistic women and non-binary individuals, highlighting the need for a better understanding of how autism presents in females. It is crucial for healthcare providers, educators, and families to recognize the different manifestations of autism in girls to ensure they receive the appropriate support and interventions.
For those seeking more information on the signs and symptoms of autism in girls, resources such as the National Autistic Society and Verywell Health provide valuable insights and guidance. Understanding these differences is not only important for diagnosis but also for providing the right support that can help autistic girls thrive in their personal and academic lives.

Autism Assessment in London

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental condition that involves persistent challenges in social interaction, speech and nonverbal communication, and restricted/repetitive behaviors. The effects of ASD and the severity of symptoms are different in each person. That’s why it’s crucial to have a comprehensive assessment conducted by a professional who is deeply experienced in the field.

Dr. Alireza Moafi, a Doctor of Psychology, stands out as a leading expert in autism assessments in London. With over 150 cases assessed to date, Dr. Moafi brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the nuances involved in diagnosing and supporting individuals with ASD.

The assessment process is a critical step in identifying the presence of autism spectrum disorders. It involves a series of evaluations, including but not limited to developmental history, observation, and structured interviews. Dr. Moafi is well-versed in these techniques and utilizes a combination of ADOS-2, ADIR, and 3di assessments to ensure a thorough and accurate diagnosis.

Beyond his role in assessments, Dr. Moafi is also recognized for his extensive work as an expert witness, providing psychological report writing since 2007 with over 100 reports completed. His expertise is not limited to autism assessments; he is highly experienced in adolescent psychological assessments covering a range of issues from depression, anxiety, self-harm, trauma, PTSD, abuse, and social withdrawal.

For families navigating the often overwhelming process of seeking an autism assessment, Dr. Moafi’s clinic offers a beacon of hope and clarity. The clinic’s approach is rooted in a strong knowledge base and qualifications in therapeutic interventions using systemic and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) frameworks. This ensures that each assessment is not just a diagnosis but a pathway to tailored support and intervention.

Dr. Moafi’s dedication to his field is evident in his 27 years of experience as a counseling psychologist in the UK, working with children, adolescents, and adults. His educational background and training, including Cardiff University and Bond Solon qualifications for expert witness work, further solidify his standing as a trusted professional in the psychology community.

For those seeking an autism assessment in London, Dr. Moafi’s clinic represents a comprehensive resource backed by decades of professional experience and a commitment to the mental health and well-being of his clients. To learn more about Dr. Moafi and his services, you can visit his website or reach out for a consultation to discuss your specific needs and concerns.

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