What to expect at assessment

A comprehensive ASD assessment will include:

A clinical interview – this will involve being asked questions about your child’s developmental history and their current presentation. You may also be asked to complete ASD screening questionnaires about your child.

School liaison and information gathering – As part of the assessment, if you give consent, your child’s nursery or school will be contacted and asked questions about your child’s presentation within the school environment. This may include a visit to school to observe their behaviour and interaction with peers. This will not impact your child at school and will be carried out discretely.

ADOS assessment – this is a specialist ‘gold standard’ diagnostic assessment carried out individually with your child to consider their presentation against the criteria for an ASD diagnosis.

Multi-disciplinary clinical discussion – Once all the information has been gathered relevant to your child’s ASD assessment, the information will be evaluated with a consulting clinician who also specialises in this area to consider if a final ASD diagnosis is appropriate.

Comprehensive report and feedback – A full detailed report will then be written summarising the information gathered and the diagnostic outcome of the assessment. This will also include recommendations and helpful sources.