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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

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder: Onset and Diagnosis

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 called a “spectrum” 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.

Onset of Autism

The onset of autism varies and can be complex to understand. The behavioral symptoms of ASD often appear early in development. Many children show symptoms of autism by 12 months to 18 months of age or earlier. Some early signs of autism include:

  • Problems with eye contact
  • No response to their name
  • Problems following another person’s gaze or pointed finger to an object
  • Poor skills in pretend play and imitation
  • Problems with nonverbal communication

However, some children may develop normally for the first few years of life and then experience a regression, usually between 18 and 24 months, where they start to lose the skills they had gained.

Diagnosis of Autism

Diagnosing ASD can be difficult since there is no medical test, like a blood test, to diagnose the disorders. Doctors look at the child’s behavior and development to make a diagnosis. ASD can sometimes be detected at 18 months or younger. By age 2, a diagnosis by an experienced professional can be considered very reliable. However, many children do not receive a final diagnosis until much older. This delay means that children with ASD might not get the early help they need.

The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), provides standardized criteria to help diagnose ASD. To meet diagnostic criteria for ASD according to DSM-5, a child must have persistent deficits in each of three areas of social communication and interaction plus at least two types of restricted, repetitive behaviors.

Importance of Early Diagnosis

Early diagnosis and intervention are crucial and can significantly benefit children with ASD. Research shows that early detection and early intervention greatly improve outcomes, so it’s important to look for these symptoms when a child is as young as possible.

Autism is a condition that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. Understanding the onset and recognizing the early signs are vital for early intervention, which can lead to improved outcomes. If you suspect that your child may have ASD, it is important to seek evaluation from a healthcare provider as soon as possible. With the right support and treatment, individuals with ASD can lead full and meaningful lives.

For more detailed information on the diagnostic criteria and the process of diagnosis, please refer to the resources provided by the CDC and the Mayo Clinic.

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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