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What is involved in an autism spectrum (ASD) assessment?

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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

Video Transcription

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.

Dr Janine King

Dr Janine King

19 June 2022

"Dr Janine King completed her BSc (Hons) at the Open University before going to study for an MA in English Literature and Language at the University of St Andrews. In the early stages of her career Dr King worked in education having completed a PGCE in primary school teaching at Oxford Brooks University. "

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Dr Elena Touroni

Dr. Elena Touroni is a skilled and experienced Consultant Psychologist with a track record of delivering high-quality services for individuals with all common emotional difficulties and those with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is experienced in service design and delivery, the management of multi-disciplinary teams, organisational consultancy, and development and delivery of both national and bespoke training to providers in the statutory and non-statutory sector.


Having obtained a first degree in Psychology (BSc) at the American College of Greece, she completed her doctoral training at the University of Surrey. Dr. Touroni is highly experienced in the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, substance misuse, personality disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, adjustment disorder and relationship difficulties. She works with both individuals and couples and can offer therapy in English and Greek.


Dr. Touroni has held a variety of clinical and managerial positions including as Head of Service in the NHS. Further she has held academic positions for the University of Surrey and the Institute of Mental Health lecturing on specialist postgraduate Masters and Doctorate programmes.


She is trained in several specialist therapeutic approaches such as schema therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based approaches and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). As well as holding a variety of NHS positions, Dr. Touroni is the co-founder of a private practice in Central London that has been a provider of psychological therapy for all common emotional difficulties including personality disorder since 2002. She is the founder and one of two directors of The Chelsea Psychology Clinic.