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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

when autism can be diagnosed?

Understanding the Timeline for Autism Diagnosis
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that affects communication and behavior, and it is often a subject of concern for parents and caregivers. The process of diagnosing autism can be complex, as there is no single medical test that can diagnose it. Instead, it involves a careful observation of a child’s development over time.
Research indicates that ASD can sometimes be detected at 18 months or younger. By the age of 2, a diagnosis by an experienced professional can be considered very reliable. However, it’s not uncommon for a diagnosis to be made later in childhood, or even in adolescence. This is because the signs of autism can be subtle, or they may be attributed to other conditions or developmental delays.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children undergo screening for autism during regular well-child visits at 9, 18, and 24 or 30 months. Developmental screening is more formal than developmental monitoring and is a regular part of some well-child visits even if there is not a known concern. If screening raises concerns about autism, a more comprehensive diagnostic evaluation is recommended.
A comprehensive evaluation involves a team of specialists and includes a thorough review of a child’s behavior and development, as well as interviews with parents. It may also include hearing and vision screenings, genetic testing, neurological testing, and other medical testing.
In some cases, children who show early signs of autism may not ultimately be diagnosed with the condition. Conversely, some children may not show signs of autism until they are older, making early diagnosis challenging. The key is ongoing observation and communication with healthcare providers, especially if parents or caregivers have concerns about a child’s development.
Early intervention is crucial for children with autism, as it can significantly improve outcomes. Therapies that focus on speech, behavioral, educational, and skill-building interventions can help children gain self-care, social, and communication skills. Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is one of the main treatments for autism and involves a behavioral program that encourages positive behaviors and discourages negative behaviors.
In conclusion, while autism can sometimes be diagnosed in toddlers as young as 18 months, the process of diagnosis is reliant on a combination of developmental monitoring, screening, and evaluation by professionals. It’s important for parents to monitor their child’s development and seek professional advice if they have any concerns. Early diagnosis and intervention can make a significant difference in the lives of children with ASD and their families.
For more detailed information on the signs of autism and the diagnostic process, resources such as the CDC’s Milestone Tracker app and milestone checklists can be valuable tools for parents and healthcare providers.

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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