Autism Assessments

Enlightened Minds provides autism diagnostic assessments for children and adults.

Autism Spectrum, or Autism, as it is more widely known, is a spectrum condition that may present differently in each individual. It is called a “spectrum” because the  profile of traits in people with autism can vary widely. We could actually consider these individual profiles as being more like ‘constellations’ to reflect the diversity in autistic traits that exist.

Autism, is classified as a neurodevelopmental ‘disorder’ in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM 5) where it is termed ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder’ (ASD). The commonly shared characteristics of autism include differences in social interaction, challenges in communication (both verbal and non-verbal), and repetitive behaviors. People with autism may also have sensory sensitivities and show intense interests or fixations on specific topics.

Essentially, people with autism may see, hear and feel the world differently from others around them. Some autistic people may also have learning difficulties, mental health issues and/or other difficulties.

People on the autistic spectrum can have difficulties interpreting verbal and non-verbal cues and often take a literal understanding of phrases in social situations. As such, understanding others and being able to recognise the feelings or intentions of others or expressing their own emotions can be difficult to navigate. Sometimes people on the autistic spectrum find it hard to form friendships and may appear to behave in ways that are not always expected in a social context.

If you, or if you know of someone who would like to be assessed for Autism, please get in touch for more information. We also ofer a free intial autism screening assessment here at Enlightened Minds so that we are sure a full assesment would be warranted before embarking on that process.

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Autism Service Overview

Our Assessment Process

Autism assessments are carried out by Gemma Holmes, Chartered Psychologist and in conjunction with two other multidisciplinary professionals such as a Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist and/or a Registered Mental Health Nurse. This is in line with the NICE Clinical Guidance and Best Practice recommendations, where ASD assessments should be conducted by a multi-disciplinary team of three clinicians.

Part of the assessment can be offered remotely by phone/videocall and the observational aspect would take place in person at one of our clinics for children and with the option of a remote assessment for adults.

Prior to the assessment, we will carry out a free initial screening assessment to determine if this process is the right one for you.

You will also be asked to complete a series of questionnaires, to be filled out and returned a before your first appointment date. Also, if available, you will be asked to provide and information you may have from childhood such as school reports etc.

How our Assessments are Delivered

At Enlightened Minds, we use the Gold Standard in Autism assessment and diagnosis. For this we make use of the of the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule version 2 (ADOS-2), which are evidence based, diagnostic tools. The combination of these two different tools increases the reliability and validity of the assessment outcome. The ADI-R is an interview and the ADOS-2 is an observational assessment.

Assessments usually takes place over two or three sessions (if required) using ADI-R and ADOS-2, taking around 5 hours in total. The ADI-R and the ADOS-2 are completed in separate sessions, with the ADI-R being completed with a parent/caregiver/observer and the  ADOS-2 being competed with the person being assessed. Where an informant is not available, we are able to use alternative assessment tools such as the ACIA.

The Referral Process

Enlightened Minds accepts Autism assessment referrals from self-funding individuals or from other services/ organisations.  Our referral process is simple, for self-funding individuals, you can view our availability online and book in directly with Gemma via our online booking system. For funded clients, you can simply reach out to out office and we can manage the referral process for you from there.

From the initial point of contact you can be assured to be supported through the whole process with warmth and compassion by our dedicated team of both office and clinical team members.

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Assessment Reports & Feedback

As part of your assessment, we will provide a comprehensive report detailing the findings of the assessment and a formal diagnostic opinion. We aim to complete the full assessment process from the first appointment within 4 to 6 weeks. If your assessment requires further professional input, such as the contribution of speech and language and/ or occupational therapists the process may take a little longer.

Once you have received and reviewed your report, we can explore any questions you may have in relation to your assessment and the outcome.

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Costs and Fees

The full cost of an Autism assessment is £1950. This includes the initial screening assessment, ADI-R and ADOS-2 assessments, your formal report and a feedback session to discuss the outcome.

We understand the financial barriers that can make it difficult to access this type of assessment privately. Therefore, in order to try and reduce these barriers, we also have payment plan options available to spread the cost of your assessment, if required. Please enquire as to how we can assist you here.

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We have a dedicated and highly professional in-house operations and administration team who are the central point for communication and manage all communications between our clients and clinicians. We also use the latest practice management software, which means all of our client and customer data is stored safely and securely in line with GDPR regulations. This also ensures that we are up to date on client progress, attendance and are able to respond timeously to any requests.

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Free Autism Initial Screening Assessment

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Please fill out the form below for your free initial screening assessment. Please note, this is not a diagnostic assessment. The initial screening determines whether or not a full diagnostic assessment is warranted. This will be reviewed by a Chartered Psychologist and followed up by an email response within 24hrs of submission. To ensure safe receipt of your screener outcome and by-pass any spam filters, please add to your email contacts list.

    What symptoms do you have that concern you?

    At what age did these first appear?

    Do you have any other mental health issues/or diagnoses?

    FAQs About Autism

    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in adults can often go undiagnosed, leading to challenges in various aspects of life. Enlightened Minds is dedicated to providing specialised support for adults seeking clarity about their neurodivergent experiences. Our team of experienced professionals offers comprehensive screening and assessment services tailored to the unique needs of adults. Through careful observation, interviews, and specialised tools, we aim to uncover potential ASD traits and provide individuals with a clearer understanding of their neurodiversity. With a person-centred approach, Enlightened Minds strives to empower adults with the knowledge and resources needed to navigate life more confidently. Our goal is to facilitate a greater sense of self-awareness and to offer guidance on accessing appropriate support and accommodations. If you suspect that you or a loved one may be on the autism spectrum, Enlightened Minds is here to guide you on your journey towards self-discovery and empowerment.

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    ASD is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects social interaction, communication, behaviour, and interests. It encompasses a range of conditions often referred to as the “autistic spectrum.”

    Common characteristics include difficulties in social interactions, challenges in verbal and nonverbal communication, and restricted or repetitive behaviours.

    ASD is often diagnosed in early childhood, although it can sometimes be identified later in life.

    The exact cause of ASD is unknown, but it’s believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

    There is no cure for ASD, but early intervention and therapy can significantly improve outcomes.

    Early signs may include delayed speech or language development, limited eye contact, and unusual responses to sensory stimuli.

    A diagnosis is typically made by a multidisciplinary team, including paediatricians, psychologists, and speech therapists, based on observations, assessments, and interviews.

    Interventions may include behavioural therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and social skills training.

    ASD is a lifelong condition, but with appropriate support, individuals with ASD can lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.

    Yes, many individuals with ASD attend mainstream schools with appropriate support and accommodations.

    An EHCP is a legal document in the UK that outlines the special educational needs and support required for a child or young person with ASD.

    Yes, there are various support groups, charities, and government programs available to assist families and caregivers.

    Yes, adults can be diagnosed with ASD if they meet the diagnostic criteria.

    Yes, there are programs and initiatives in the UK aimed at supporting individuals with ASD in finding and maintaining employment.

    Some individuals with ASD may be eligible for disability benefits, depending on their specific circumstances.

    With the right support and accommodations, many individuals with ASD can lead independent lives.

    The estimated prevalence of ASD in the UK is around 1 in 100 individuals.

    Yes, there is ongoing research to better understand the causes, interventions, and outcomes of ASD.

    There are many organisations and initiatives in the UK focused on autism advocacy and awareness. You can find opportunities to get involved through these channels.

    Reliable information and resources about ASD can be found through reputable sources such as the National Autistic Society, NHS, and government websites.