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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

why autism more common in males?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental condition that has been the subject of much research and discussion. One of the most frequently asked questions about ASD is why it appears to be more prevalent in males than in females. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ASD is nearly four times more common among boys than among girls. This statistic raises important questions about the factors that may contribute to the gender disparity in autism diagnoses.
Several theories have been proposed to explain the higher prevalence of autism in males. One theory suggests that there may be a genetic component at play. The “female protective effect” hypothesis posits that females may have genetic factors that protect them from developing autism, or that a higher genetic load or multiple genetic mutations may be required for a female to manifest ASD.
Another line of inquiry looks at the role of male hormones, such as testosterone, which are thought to influence brain development in ways that could increase the risk of ASD. Additionally, there are considerations of social and behavioral factors, such as the possibility that females with ASD might be better at masking their symptoms, leading to underdiagnosis or later diagnosis compared to males.
It’s also important to consider the diagnostic criteria and assessment tools used to identify ASD. These tools may be biased towards the identification of symptoms more commonly expressed in males, potentially overlooking how the condition presents in females. This could mean that many females with ASD remain undiagnosed or are misdiagnosed with other conditions.
Research continues to delve into these and other potential explanations, aiming to understand the underlying causes of ASD and the reasons for its skewed gender ratio. As our knowledge expands, it is crucial to ensure that everyone with ASD receives the support and resources they need, regardless of gender. Early diagnosis and intervention can significantly improve the quality of life for individuals with ASD and their families.
Understanding the gender differences in ASD prevalence is not only important for diagnosis and treatment but also for shaping public health policies and educational programs. It highlights the need for gender-sensitive approaches in research and clinical practice, ensuring that both males and females with ASD are recognized and can benefit from advancements in the field.
For more detailed information on the prevalence and characteristics of ASD, as well as the ongoing research into its causes, readers can refer to the CDC’s dedicated page on autism data and statistics and other reputable sources such as Autism Speaks.

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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