The Assessment Process includes meeting with parent(s) or carers to obtain a detailed developmental history, this can take 2-3 hours. The assessment may include the child being observed in the school setting or at home if the child is currently out of school.
We use the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) as a key part of the assessment process. For this the child is invited to our assessment centre where they will undergo a series of play-based observational assessments.
The ADOS takes about an hour to administer. Additional assessments may be conducted dependent on the child’s presentation such as standardised speech and language therapy tests and sensory assessments carried out by out Occupational Therapist.
We aim to provide a thorough assessment of each child and produce a detailed report that summarises the assessment, its outcomes and most importantly offers advice and recommendations on how to help support and better understand the needs of the young person.
Once the report has been written we invite parents back for a feedback session in which we talk through the findings of the assessment and provide opportunities for questions.