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Autism assessment for adults

Many adults who seek an Autism assessment, do so because they feel like they have often felt like a "square peg trying to fit into a round hole". By understanding their neurodiversity, they are able to celebrate their differences and learn strategies to live and succeed in a neurotypical world.

Why should you seek an assessment for Autism Spectrum Condition?

  • At school you may have found yourself intensely draw to certain topics whilst being bored and unmotivated by others.
  • As a teenager you have have struggled to develop friendships and felt like you did not fit in with your peers. 
  • You may struggle with organisation and planning, and feel like there are never enough hours in the day.
  • You may have passionate interests and hobbies that can utterly fixate you.
  • You might have found it difficult to engage in successful romantic relationships.  
  • You might experience mood swings and/or difficulties with anxiety or depression, and found that medications and talking therapy has not really helped you.
  • You want to learn more about yourself and find out why you experience the world differently to many of the people around you.
  • Your child or another family member may have received an Autism diagnosis and you recognise many of the same traits in yourself. 
The Assessment
 
Two of the FSW Psychology team professionals will meet with you at your home or at an agreed time via an online video chat platform. During this first appointment they will ask you many questions about your childhood experiences, a well as your current strengths and difficulties. You may wish to be accompanied by a family member or friend, who can contribute to your assessment. The gathering of information usually takes about 2-3 hours. They need to meet you for a further session should this be required. Once all the information has been gathered both professionals will meet for a clinical discussion and using the diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum; you are not present for this discussion but content will be thoroughly shared with you during the feed back session. An Autism diagnosis is given when you met the diagnostic criteria, these traits have been present since childhood and your presentation cannot be better explained by another condition, for example ADHD.  Following the conclusion you will have a chance to discuss with the professionals the outcome, ask any questions and if a diagnosis has been made receive some post-diagnostic counselling. This feed back session can take place in person or via the online video platform. Following the assessment, FSW Psychology will provide you with a detailed personalised report, which highlights your areas of strength, areas of need and recommendations.

More information about Autism:

You can find out more information about Autism Spectrum at www.autism.org or www.ASDinfowales.co.uk 

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