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Please see below for details of the assessment process with regards to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for children, young people and adults. This includes initial screening assessment, diagnostic assessment for children and young people or adults and diagnostic assessment with assessment of intellectual functioning.

The cost of diagnostic assessment can be spread over the course of the assessment if preferred.

I am based in Northampton but do see individuals and families from out of county. For those travelling quite a distance, appointments can be arranged to minimise travel and feedback can be provided by telephone if preferred. There is an additional charge for out of county travel when completing school observations.

Initial screening (adults and children): £150

Assessment starts with an initial screening appointment which lasts 90 minutes. For children and young people, this is usually with the parents/carers of the child or young person and aims to gather information regarding development and any concerns or observations that have led to ASD being queried. For adults, screening is usually with the individual though friends or family members are welcome. Initial screening aims to gather information regarding any concerns or observations that have led to ASD being queried.

Initial screening also aims to an individual going through a longer assessment process where there is insufficient evidence to suggest that a diagnostic assessment may be helpful. At the end of the initial screening, I will advise next steps with regards to assessment for you to decide whether to proceed or not.

Diagnostic assessment of children and young people: £800

Following initial screening, if you wish to proceed with a full diagnostic assessment, this will be completed over a series of appointments and includes:

  1. A full diagnostic interview with parents/carers which gathers a detailed developmental history across all areas of development and explored traits typically associated with ASD both historically and currently. This takes up to 3 hours to complete.
  2. Administration of the ADOS-2 assessment tool ‒ an observation based assessment which assesses needs and difficulties typically associated with ASD. This is completed with the child or young person and should take no longer than 1 hour. The ADOS-2 is either observed by my colleague, another clinical psychologist trained in the ADOS-2, or videoed for my colleague to review. This is to allow the assessment to be coded by more than one clinician, check for reliability and ensure assessment is not solely based a single clinician's opinion.
  3. Completion of a school or nursery observation and information gathered from school/nursery. This is to assess across different contexts/situations.
  4. Review of any previous medical or educational reports.
  5. Feedback appointment of 55 minutes to discuss assessment findings and offer brief post assessment advice and support.
  6. Full written report detailing the assessment process, findings and recommendations.

Diagnostic assessment of adults: £700

Following initial screening, if you wish to proceed with a full diagnostic assessment, this will be completed over a series of appointments and includes:

  1. A full diagnostic interview ideally with a parent or someone who can comment on the individual's early development and the individual themselves, which gathers a detailed developmental history across all areas of development and explored traits typically associated with ASD both historically and currently. This takes up to 3 hours to complete.
  2. Administration of the ADOS-2 assessment tool ‒ an observation based assessment which assesses needs and difficulties typically associated with ASD. This is completed with the individual and should take no longer than 1 hour.
  3. Review of any previous medical or educational reports.
  4. Feedback appointment of 55 minutes to discuss assessment findings and offer brief post assessment advice and support.
  5. Full written report detailing the assessment process, findings and recommendations.

Diagnostic assessment, including assessment of intellectual functioning

Children: £1100 - Adults: £1000

This assessment is as the diagnostic assessment above but with additional formal cognitive assessment (assessment of intellectual functionning, or 'IQ') and assessment of adaptive functioning skills (day-to-day living skills).

This assessment is recommended either where someone wishes to get a better understanding of an individual's cognitive strengths and difficulties or where there is a query regarding a person's intellectual functioning, for example, a query about a learning disability.

In the case of the latter, this more comprehensive assessment will be required in order to allow differentiate diagnosis of ASD as some of the difficulties associated with ASD, can also present in individuals with learning disabilities. Assessment of cognitive functioning is therefore needed in order to understand whether an individual is presenting with needs and difficulties associated with ASD over and above that may be explained by a learning/intellectual disability.

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kate.baldry@northantspsychologist.co.uk

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