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  • 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

when autism is diagnosed?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that affects communication and behavior, and its diagnosis is a critical step that can open the door to various support systems and interventions. The process of diagnosing autism is multifaceted and involves a combination of developmental monitoring and screening.
Developmental monitoring is an ongoing observation of a child’s growth in terms of their skills and abilities. It’s a collaborative effort among parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers to track a child’s progress against typical developmental milestones. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed resources like the CDC’s Milestone Tracker app to aid in this process.
Developmental screening is a more formal evaluation, often part of regular well-child visits, even if there are no apparent concerns. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children undergo developmental and behavioral screenings during specific well-child visits.
According to the CDC, ASD can sometimes be detected as early as 18 months of age. By the age of 2, a diagnosis by an experienced professional can be considered reliable. However, it’s not uncommon for a diagnosis to be made later as many children do not receive a final diagnosis until they are much older. Some individuals may not be diagnosed until adolescence or adulthood, which can delay access to helpful interventions.
Research indicates that the “diagnostic stability” of autism, which refers to the certainty of the diagnosis, improves with age. At 12 to 13 months, the stability is about 50%, increasing to 80% by 14 months, and 83% by 16 months. By 18 months, key communication and social skills should be more evident, making a diagnosis clearer for professionals.
Early diagnosis and intervention are crucial as they can significantly influence the developmental trajectory of children with ASD. Interventions like Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) can be more effective when started early, as they work within the natural window of early development to improve outcomes.
In summary, while autism can be diagnosed as early as 18 months, the average age for a diagnosis is typically between 2 and 3 years old. Early and regular screening is essential to identify ASD and begin intervention strategies that support children in reaching their full potential.

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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