In central London and in Birmingham city, UK; but we also travel around the world.
Not necessarily. In some cases it may be more appropriate if we travel to you. With some children, they will be more able to engage and communicate in their own home when not having the disruption of travel and transition. We will travel to you where this appears to be the better option to meet your child’s needs.
No families have the same needs and a set rate will not always apply. Fees need to be provided according to the assessment needs, the different specialist skills required and care and management plan requirements. We do not have a set assessment cost and will discuss these fees with you according to the work required and time scales involved.
We have a self-referral Enquiry Form that begins the process of needs requirement and allows us to plan for the services required and to make fee estimates.
We take a comprehensive and detailed history of concern. Where there are suspected or known medical concerns, it will be necessary for you to provide a medical report in this area before we can see the child. If we suspect an autism spectrum disorder we use the instruments seen as gold standard in the assessment of autism. These may be the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO) or the Autism Diagnostic Interview–Revised (ADI-R, used with the parents/carer) and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2, used with the child).
When using these instruments, we would normally video the activities to aid our reflection and accuracy of scoring. These instruments are based on observations of the child and interviews with the parents/carers and are not painful or physically invasive. In addition, other psychological instruments will be used where appropriate to assess a broad range of areas related to adaptive functioning and the intellectual level of the child (such as an IQ test).
We prefer not to carry out the Abbreviated Wechsler IQ test if your child’s attention and stamina will allow us to carry out the full Wechsler IQ test. We believe the full version allows better clinical understanding and has implications for the intervention plan detail.
We aim not to be over reliant on one instrument, and to give a broad based assessment using several tools to ensure accuracy and dependability of the assessment to provide the management plan. As we need detailed information on the child’s functioning and skills we ask in all cases that at least one main parent/carer, preferably two, attends with the child.
Depending on need, the assessment will normally take anything from 1 to 4 days. A report will normally be available from 7-10 days after the assessment.
As well as a comprehensive written report to help schools, carers and other professionals who provide services for you and your child’s needs, we will be able to offer you face to face consultation for you to ask questions after the assessment and explore the issues that matter to you and your child. This can be particularly valuable after you have had time to hear the assessment results and process the implications. You may wish to discuss in some detail the practical suggestions for the optimum care of your child in the home and community.