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Adult Autism assessment and support

Adults

Understanding, validating and embracing diversity

The adult world is a different landscape to the one most of us experience in childhood; more complex and far less structured. Interpersonal interactions become key, both in our working and personal lives. Adults also have to adapt more often to changes in routine or structure. For some, these changes start to illuminate a personal diversity that was previously ‘masked’. Others tell us they have always been aware of diversity, but for all sorts of reasons it was never formally identified, or supported. Confusion about who we are, about relationships with others and, especially, about why we experience strong (and often challenging) emotions can lead to psychological problems – we can feel down, anxious and experience low self-esteem. It can be difficult to carve out a path that enables us to be our best selves.

Many clients have told us that a diagnosis has been a key part of validating their experience, helping them understand and accept the person they are, and enabling them to make positive choices about how they move forward in life.

Our team have many years’ experience in specialist Autism services in the NHS. We offer a gold-standard comprehensive private assessment using the most up-to-date psychometric tools and findings.

What’s Involved

We work routinely in all our assessments to help clients move forward with recommendations, supporting them to make changes in their lives that will foster positive mental health. Our goal is to help clients embrace and maximise their strengths, while making it easier to face the challenges that come their way. Some clients like to continue to see us, either regularly or on a more ad-hoc basis as the need arises, so we can continue to support them as they go, both generally and around specific challenges or events. Our autism team are closely linked to our wider team of adult therapists who can be called upon should the need arise.

Moving forward

We use National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines to provide an autism assessment and diagnosis. It is comprehensive, taking into account all the factors that could impact an individual’s experience and presentation.

Stage 1 – Autism Screen A 90-minute appointment during which we explore the difficulties you experience in depth. We provide feedback and think together with you whether an Autism assessment would be helpful. If so, we use the information from the screen and progress to the additional steps below:

A full Autism assessment usually consists of 5 steps:

  • Step 1 - Meeting with you to learn more about your life experiences, and the challenges and difficulties that you face.
  • Step 2 - Interviewing someone who knows you well and can comment on your day-to-day presentation.
  • Step 3 - We administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), an formalised instrument for assessing Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
  • Step 4 - The clinician who assessed you discusses all the information gathered with the larger multi-disciplinary team which helps make diagnostic decisions more reliable.
  • Step 5 - Report and feedback: we produce a comprehensive diagnostic report summarising the assessment and the outcome. The report also includes full recommendations for you (and, if helpful, for those who know you, such as family members, employers, colleagues, university staff as applicable). We meet with you to go over the report in detail.

Ongoing support and check-ins

You can decide to have further sessions with our team to work through the implementation of the recommendations and/or for support in psychological therapy if you would find that helpful.

Fees

Initial Screening Appointment: £250

Full Autism Assessment: £1,750

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Opening times

Monday - Saturday

(by appointment only)

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Our address

23 Prospect Street, Caversham,

Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8JB