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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

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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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Athena Lazaridou

Athena is a Pilates instructor with 8 years’ experience in the field. After completing a Power Pilates Mat Certification in Athens, she went on to complete the Full Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification with Equinox in Kensington.  She has been teaching Pilates at Equinox for the past 6 years in addition to her own private clients who she trains both face to face and virtually.

Athena has a passion for helping people get stronger and fitter as well as helping those recovering from injury regain their strength and mobility.  Over the years, she has worked with athletes to incorporate Pilates into their training and improve performance. Athena has also worked with prenatal and postnatal women who may be experiencing depression or other mental health difficulties and used Pilates to facilitate a positive impact on their mental health.

Athena is very passionate about improving physical and mental well-being and has recently incorporated Sound Healing into her work, as she believes it to be one of the best ways of ‘letting go’ and releasing stale energy whilst increasing greater self-awareness.