Full Diagnostic Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

 

Are you worried you may have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and you don’t want to wait several months to see a specialist?

Do you feel that a previous diagnosis may be incorrect and would like a second opinion?

 

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Our experienced clinicians will complete a diagnostic assessment with you. The outcome of this will either be a diagnosis of ASD or confirmation that you do not have ASD. The diagnostic assessment that we offer is thorough and based on several years’ experience, plus knowledge of relevant guidance and research.

We understand what works and what does not work in terms of completing reliable diagnostic assessments. There are no short-cuts and less robust assessments are more likely to result in diagnoses being missed or people being incorrectly diagnosed.

What is the process?

Our multidisciplinary team will undertake two to three meetings or assessments as part of the full diagnostic process:

Stage One

Clinical interview with you, and an informant (e.g. parent, partner) where possible, to obtain information about your current difficulties and early development/functioning in school.

Stage Two

Direct observation of your communication and interaction skills in clinic. We will work through several informal activities with you that have been designed to assess your response to different social situations and ask you further questions about difficulties related to ASD.

Stage Three

Review of any additional information from informants (in person or via reports).

Feedback Meetings – Our clinicians will hold a feedback meeting with you to go through in detail the reasons for our decision and discuss the next steps.

The Report – You will receive a report that contains a summary of the assessment and the outcome, along with our recommendations.

 

What Makes Us Different?

  • We will ensure you are given support and guidance, even if it isn’t ASD
  • Our assessments are reliable and robust
  • The practice of our clinicians is regulated by independent bodies, which means there are standards we must follow when providing care
  • You can self-refer, and we aim to give you your diagnosis within one month of initial contact 
  • We will ensure you are given support and guidance, even if it isn’t ASD
  • Our assessments are reliable and robust
  • The practice of our clinicians is regulated by independent bodies, which means there are standards we must follow when providing care
  • You can self-refer, and we aim to give you your diagnosis within one month of initial contact

Will my diagnosis be recognised?

Our assessments are completed by registered healthcare professionals who are trained in diagnosing autism and our process in line with national guidance. A diagnosis made by us is as reliable as a diagnosis made by the NHS.

Dr Lisa Williams

Lisa is a Clinical Psychologist and the lead clinician in Summerfield Healthcare’s Diagnostic Assessment. She has over 12 years of NHS experience and has specialised in the area of mental health for seven of these. 

Having worked for a local NHS Trust, she has extensive knowledge of services in Shropshire and is an established member of professional network groups in the area that have an interest in ASD.

Lisa is committed to ensuring that patients with ASD have access to the best care possible.

Contact Our Autism Specialist

Alternatively you can book your appointment by calling 0333 9000 010 or emailing enquiries@summerfieldhealthcare.co.uk.

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