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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

what autism looks like?

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder
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.
ASD is known as a “spectrum” disorder because there is wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms people experience. ASD occurs in all ethnic, racial, and economic groups. Although ASD can be a lifelong disorder, treatments and services can improve a person’s symptoms and ability to function.
Recognizing the Signs of Autism
The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), lists several signs and symptoms that people with ASD may exhibit, including:

  • Difficulties with communication and interaction with other people
  • Restricted interests and repetitive behaviors
  • Symptoms that hurt the individual’s ability to function properly in school, work, and other areas of life
    It is also noted that people with ASD may:
  • React unusually to sights, sounds, smells, or other sensory stimuli
  • Have difficulty adapting to changes in routine
  • Perform repetitive movements, such as rocking, spinning, or hand flapping
  • Develop specific routines or rituals and become disturbed at the slightest change
  • Experience problems with coordination or have odd movement patterns
    The Spectrum of Autism
    ASD ranges from individuals requiring substantial support for daily living to those who may be entirely independent but face challenges in social communication. Some individuals with ASD have other co-occurring conditions, such as epilepsy, depression, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
    Diagnosis and Treatment
    There is no one-size-fits-all approach to diagnosing ASD. It involves several professionals, including psychologists, neurologists, and speech therapists, who conduct a variety of tests and evaluations. Early intervention and access to treatment services are crucial in improving outcomes.
    Treatments can include behavioral therapy, medications, and support in school. Each individual’s treatment plan is tailored to their specific needs.
    Conclusion
    Autism is not an illness or disease; it’s a developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. With the right support and understanding, individuals with ASD can lead full and meaningful lives.
    For more detailed information on ASD, its symptoms, and treatments, reputable sources such as the Mayo Clinic and the National Health Service (NHS) provide comprehensive overviews. Additionally, organizations like Altogether Autism offer insights into what autism looks like in children, and Verywell Health discusses traits of autism in children.
    Understanding autism is the first step towards creating a supportive environment for those affected by it. It’s important to remember that every individual with autism is unique, and their experiences will vary widely.

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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