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  • Many of cases completed
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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

which autism do i have?

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders

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.

The American Psychiatric Association merged four previously distinct diagnoses into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD in 2013. These included autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome. These disorders are now all called autism spectrum disorder.

Here are some of the types of ASD:

  1. Autism Spectrum – This is a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication.
  2. Asperger Syndrome – This is generally thought to be at the milder end of the autism spectrum. Individuals with Asperger syndrome have difficulties in social interaction and often have highly focused interests.
  3. Rett Syndrome – A rare genetic disorder that affects brain development and occurs almost exclusively in girls.
  4. Childhood Disintegrative Disorder – A condition where children develop normally for at least two years and then lose many social, language, and mental skills.
  5. Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) – This was used for individuals who did not fully meet the criteria for the other specific disorders.

It’s important to note that only a qualified medical professional can diagnose ASD. The diagnosis involves looking at the child’s behavior and development. Early diagnosis and intervention are most helpful and can improve behavior, skills, and language development. However, intervention is helpful at any age. Although children usually show developmental differences from a very young age, some might not show signs until they are older.

If you or someone you know is seeking a diagnosis for ASD, it is crucial to consult a healthcare provider who specializes in this area. They will be able to conduct a thorough evaluation and provide guidance on the appropriate interventions and supports.

For more detailed information on ASD and its types, you can refer to resources provided by reputable organizations such as the Autism Society, Autism Speaks, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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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