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A comprehensive Autism Assessments for Children. Our understanding of neurodiversity, of conditions such as Autism and ADHD, is continually evolving and increasing. An assessment of your child's strengths and needs can help you as a parent to support and nurture, their school to educate appropriately and for the child themselves to thrive and develop positive self esteem.

Reasons to seek an Autism assessment for your child
  • Your child might struggle to make and keep friendships.
  • Your child might struggle to understand and act following typical social conventions.
  • Your child might struggle to understand their own and other’s emotions.
  • Your child might have sensory needs, such as finding some noises overwhelming.
  • Your child might have an intense and passionate interest or hobby, that can seem obsessional.
  • Your child might like rules and routines, struggling with unpredictable changes.
  • Your child’s teacher might have raised concerns with you about your child’s social skills and behaviour in school.
  • As a parent/carer, you might feel like you have tried and failed to use all the usual parenting strategies but nothing seems to be successful in the long term.
  • As a parent/carer, you might feel exhausted trying to understand and parent your child.
  • The Assessment 

    Two of the FSW Psychology team professionals will meet with you and your child at your home or at an agreed time via an online video chat platform. 

    Home assessment

    After introductions, one of the professionals will spend time with the child’s parent(s)/main carer(s) and complete a thorough developmental history. The other professional will meet with the young person themselves and conduct either a play based assessment and/or an interview depending on their age and stage of development. The gathering of information usually takes about 3-4 hours A further appointment might sometimes be required when cases are complex.

    Online Assessment

    The first appointment will be with the child’s parent(s)/main carer(s) and one of the FSW Psychology professionals will complete a thorough developmental history. At the next online video appointment, another FSW Psychology professional will engage in a variety of tasks and interactions with your child; tasks will be dependent on the child’s age and stage of development. A further video appointment with either the parent(s)/carer(s) or child might be required. 

    Diagnostic conclusion

    Once all the information has been gathered both professionals will meet for a clinical discussion and using the diagnostic criteria for Autism they will review this information; you are not present for this discussion but content will be thoroughly shared with you during the feedback session. An Autism diagnosis is given when the child meets the diagnostic criteria, these traits have been present since early childhood and their presentation cannot be better explained by another condition, for example ADHD. Following the conclusion you will have the chance to discuss with the professionals the outcome, ask any questions and if a diagnosis has been made receive some post diagnostic counselling. This feedback session can take place in person or vie the online video platform.

    Following the assessment, FSW Psychology will provide the family with a detailed personalised report, which highlights their areas of strength and areas of need and when given will confirm their diagnosis.

     

    information about ASD.

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

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