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Autism Assessment
  • Over 150 cases completed to date
Expert Witness Reports
  • 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

why autism non verbal?

Understanding Non-Verbal Autism
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental condition that affects communication, behavior, and social interaction in various ways. One of the manifestations of ASD is non-verbal autism, where individuals do not use spoken language as a primary means of communication. This can be a source of concern and curiosity for many, leading to the question: why are some individuals with autism non-verbal?
The reasons behind non-verbal autism are multifaceted and can vary from person to person. Research suggests that about 25% to 30% of children with autism are non-verbal or minimally verbal. This means they may not use speech at all or may have a very limited set of words they use for communication. It’s important to note that being non-verbal does not equate to a lack of understanding. Many non-verbal individuals with autism can comprehend language and communicate through alternative means.
The exact causes of non-verbal autism are not entirely clear, but it is believed to be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Some genes linked to brain development and communication may play a role. Additionally, exposure to certain environmental toxins during pregnancy and early childhood may increase the risk of developing non-verbal autism.
One of the challenges in speech development for non-verbal individuals with autism could be apraxia of speech, a motor disorder that makes it difficult to coordinate the muscle movements necessary for speech. This is not due to a lack of understanding of language but rather a difficulty in physically producing speech.
Furthermore, the development of speech in children with autism can vary significantly. While typically developing children may start using words around 12 to 18 months, children with autism may experience a delay, with the average age of speech onset being around 36 months. Some children with autism may begin to speak later, while others may remain non-verbal.
Despite these challenges, there are various ways non-verbal individuals with autism can express themselves. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) methods, such as writing, drawing, using facial expressions, gestures, or electronic devices, can facilitate communication for those who do not speak. As literacy skills develop, many non-verbal individuals with autism learn to spell, form sentences, and communicate effectively through written language.
It’s crucial to recognize the capabilities and the potential for communication in non-verbal individuals with autism. Understanding and supporting their unique ways of expressing themselves can lead to more inclusive and accommodating environments for everyone on the autism spectrum.
For more detailed information on non-verbal autism and communication options, you can refer to comprehensive resources available online.

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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