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Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychologist
  • 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

Understanding Autism in Children
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States today.
The term “spectrum” in autism spectrum disorder refers to the wide range of symptoms and severity. 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.
Autism is known to be a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life. However, it can be diagnosed at any age. Here are some signs and traits commonly associated with autism in children:

  1. Social Communication/Interaction Behaviors:
    • Lack of eye contact
    • Prefers solitary or parallel play rather than engaging with other children
    • Difficulty understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings
  2. Repetitive Behaviors:
    • Echolalia (repeating words or phrases over and over)
    • Unusual interests or movements (e.g., flipping objects, echopraxia)
    • Insistence on sameness and routines
  3. Speech and Language Difficulties:
    • Delayed speech and language skills
    • Trouble holding a conversation
    • Often talks at length about a favorite subject without noticing that others are not interested or without giving others a chance to respond
  4. Nonverbal Communication:
    • Difficulty interpreting what others are thinking or feeling
    • Trouble using gestures and facial expressions
    • Problems understanding and using tones of voice or sarcasm
  5. Other Characteristics:
    • Hyper• or hypo-reactivity to sensory input (e.g., adverse reaction to specific sounds or textures, indifference to pain/temperature)
    • Difficulty adapting to changes in routine or behavior
    • Unusual eating and sleeping habits
    • Poor coordination, clumsiness
    It’s important to note that these symptoms can vary significantly from person to person. No two children with autism will have exactly the same symptoms or the same experience.
    Early intervention is key to helping children with autism make gains in their development. If you suspect your child may have autism, it’s important to seek evaluation from a healthcare professional who can provide a proper diagnosis and guide you toward appropriate treatment and support resources.
    For more detailed information on autism in children, you can visit reputable sources such as the Mayo Clinic, Verywell Health, and the NHS for further reading and resources. Remember, a diagnosis of autism is not the end of the road; with the right support, individuals with autism can lead fulfilling lives.

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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