Assessment of Autism, Aspergers and Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Diagnosis of autism requires specialist assessment. It can be diagnosed with clinical assessment and diagnostic tools like Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI-R) or Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). There are screening tools available to screen people for autism assessment for example Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ). We have Experts specialising in the assessment of autism in both adults and children. In some instances this may be required as part of a medico-legal assessment, however, we have found increasing demand for standalone assessments which we are pleased to be able to offer.
Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how a person communicates with others (verbal and non-verbal communication), and relates to other people. A person with autism can also have obsessive behaviour or restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behaviour. Many people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have difficulty processing everyday sensory information such as sounds, sights and smells. A person with autism spectrum disorder can have Stereotypy, Compulsive behaviour, Sameness and resistance to change, Ritualistic or Restricted behavior, intense hobbies and self injury.
It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain areas of difficulty, their condition will affect them in different ways. Autism Spectrum Disorders are common and 1 out of every 100 people has the disorder. Asperger Syndrome is a type of autism spectrum disorder. Others are autism and Pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (atypical autism).
Some people live with autism for their entire life without ever getting a formal diagnosis. Often this is simply because autism wasn't widely known or understood when they were growing up. For adults, a diagnosis of autism can help to explain why they have always found certain things difficult.