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Autism Assessment
  • Over 150 cases completed to date
Expert Witness Reports
  • Many of cases completed
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  • 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 first diagnosed?

The Journey of Autism Diagnosis: A Historical Perspective
Autism, a complex and multifaceted neurodevelopmental condition, has a rich history that reflects our evolving understanding of the human mind. The term “autism” was first coined by Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler in 1911 when he used it to describe a group of symptoms associated with schizophrenia. However, it wasn’t until the mid-20th century that autism began to be recognized as a distinct condition.
In 1943, a pivotal moment in the history of autism occurred when Dr. Leo Kanner, an Austrian-American psychiatrist, published a paper describing 11 children who exhibited “a powerful desire for aloneness” and “an obsessive insistence on persistent sameness.” He referred to this condition as “early infantile autism,” which marked the first time autism was described as a condition separate from schizophrenia.
Simultaneously, Hans Asperger, an Austrian pediatrician, was studying a similar group of children. Although his work was conducted independently of Kanner’s, Asperger described a “milder” form of autism, later known as Asperger’s syndrome. This condition was characterized by difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, alongside a pattern of restricted and repetitive interests and behaviors.
For decades, the diagnosis of autism was conflated with schizophrenia, reflecting the limited understanding of the time. It was not until the 1970s that autism began to be recognized as a separate entity, leading to its inclusion as a distinct diagnosis in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III) in 1980. This was a significant milestone, as it provided a formal framework for diagnosing autism, distinguishing it from other developmental disorders.
The evolution of the autism diagnosis has been marked by significant shifts in perception, from a misunderstood and stigmatized condition to one that is increasingly recognized as part of the rich tapestry of human neurodiversity. Today, autism is understood as a spectrum, reflecting the wide range of abilities and challenges experienced by those on the autism spectrum.
The journey of understanding autism is ongoing, with researchers continually uncovering new insights into its causes, manifestations, and interventions. As our knowledge expands, so too does our capacity to support individuals with autism in leading fulfilling lives.
The history of autism is not just a medical history; it is a story of individuals and families, of societies and cultures grappling with the complexities of the human brain. It is a reminder of the importance of compassion, empathy, and the relentless pursuit of knowledge in the face of the unknown.

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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