Dr Janine King, a clinical psychologist, describes how an assessment for ASD (autism spectrum disorder) is carried out, including what kind of information is gathered. https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy
Assessment involves collecting some detailed information about the child from a variety of sources. This might be doctors, teachers, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, anyone that’s been involved with the child and can tell us a bit about the range of behaviours that they’ve seen, anything about the child’s development, anything about their health history as well. We’ll also sit down with the parents and carry out a detailed assessment, asking them questions to find out about the family history and to really build up a detailed picture of the child’s developmental history. We can also offer an ADOS assessment where appropriate, which is an Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale. And this is a semi-structured assessment. It involves the psychologist sitting down with the child and asking a number of questions, getting them engaged in a number of tasks, in order for the psychologist to assess the child’s social interaction and communication skills and their play as well. We then will bring all this information together and use that in order to look at whether this child would meet the diagnostic criteria for ASD.