Autism Assessments-Timely diagnosis without having to wait

If you are concerned that you or your child may have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) then you don’t want to have to wait months to see a specialist.

The waiting time between first noticing symptoms and getting an assessment, diagnosis, and treatment can be worrying and stressful, which is why Summerfield Healthcare offers private Autism assessments to help you get an assessment, diagnosis, and treatment quickly.

Our comprehensive diagnostic assessment is robust and complete and based on our clinical understanding of what does and doesn’t work. We don’t take shortcuts in getting you a clear result. After the assessment you can have complete confidence in the outcome (which will either be a diagnosis of ASD, or a confirmation that you do not have ASD).

If you choose to wait for an assessment through the NHS, you may have to wait months for an appointment, and you will need to be referred by a GP or Special Educational Needs (SENCO) co-ordinator at your child’s school. We offer our autism assessments with no referrals and no long waiting times so you can be sure of an accurate result quickly.

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Child autism assessments

A full child autism diagnostic assessment consists of:

  • Structured observation of your child in clinic
  • Developmental history (parent interview)
  • Observation of your child in school and discussion with teaching staff
  • Review of available reports
  • Diagnostic discussion by assessing team and a feedback meeting with you

We use the ADOS-2 and ADI-R, which are the best tools available for doing assessments. Your child will always be seen by more than one clinician and you can rest assured that we work with the highest level of professionalism.

Adult autism assessments

A full adult autism assessment consists of:

  • Clinical interview, including taking a developmental history
  • Direct observation of your communication and interaction skills in clinic
  • Review of information from selected individuals (either in person or via reports)
  • Diagnostic discussion by assessing team and a feedback meeting with you

We use the ADOS-2 and ADI-R, the best tools currently available for assessments. Our staff are all highly trained and professional and you will always be seen by more than one clinician to make sure your results are accurate.

Mental Health Assessments

Our clinicians can also offer psychological assessments focusing on your development, behaviour, and mental health in the form of an hour and half long consultation. These assessments are provided for both adults and children who have concerns over their mental health, including those who have been told there is a long wait for psychological assessment within the NHS.

These assessments can be linked to an autism diagnosis or suspected diagnosis, or they can be stand alone concerns that you want assessed.

Our staff will be able to complete a formulation or “story” of what we think is causing your distress based on our knowledge of psychological theory and different conditions. We will then make recommendations for what we think will help.

For some people, just understanding themselves better is therapeutic, but for others, further assessments or therapy can be useful. Either way, you will be able to move forward in your own growth and in accessing more appropriate help and support.

Why choose us?

With years of experience, knowledge, and expertise, as well as the latest tools and research, our diagnostic assessments are of the highest standard and are thorough and comprehensive.

We understand what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to completing reliable diagnostic assessments. There are no short-cuts and less robust assessments are more likely to result in a diagnosis being missed or people being incorrectly diagnosed.

As a private healthcare provider with a specialism in autism and mental health assessments, we can offer efficient and professional service, without the wait, and with trustworthy results. Our clinicians are also able to direct you to other resources and sources of support so that you never feel like you are walking this journey alone.

We offer autism assessments in Wolverhampton, autism assessments in Shrewsbury and autism assessments in Derby and our clinicians are able to travel to schools for assessments as well. We are proud to offer flexible service that puts you first.

How much does it cost?

The total cost of a child autism assessment is £2,150. This includes a report and advice, and a dedicated point of contact or key worker during the assessment process.

For children who attend a school that is over 20 miles from the chosen clinic base, an additional fee will be incurred per mile for travel.

The total cost of an adult autism assessment is £1,750. This includes a report and advice, and a dedicated point of contact of key worker during the assessment process.

The fee for a psychology consultation is £750. This includes the assessment, report, and advice.

Additional fees such as mileage may apply in certain circumstances, please refer to The Autism Service’s terms and conditions.

Will my private diagnosis be recognised?

The main reason for a questioned diagnosis is low-quality assessment. A high quality assessment includes seeing people in different settings, the opinion of more than one clinician, consideration of alternative explanations, and completed diagnosis from an experienced and suitably qualified clinician.

The diagnostic assessment that The Autism Service offers is thorough and in line with national guidance.  There is, therefore, no reason for another agency to not recognise a diagnosis made by us.

You will receive a report that evidences the reason for our decision-making, and if there are any issues we can speak to agencies on your behalf to confirm our diagnosis.

What is
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Although Summerfield Healthcare is a private practice our fees are low cost and structured with you in mind. Initial consultation fees are listed below:

Diagnostic Assessment (Child)

(Includes initial assessment fee.)

£2,150.00

Diagnostic Assessment (Adult)

(Includes initial assessment fee.)

£1,750.00

Mental Health Consultation

£750.00

Meet
the team


Dr Lisa Williams

Lead Clinical Psychologist

A consultant clinical psychologist with over 14 years’ experience, Dr Williams has worked in three different ASD teams in the NHS and has led on diagnoses for preschool children all the way through to older adults, both with and without a learning disability.

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