A Diagnostic and Counselling Service for Children and Adults with Autism and Social Communication Difficulties.
I offer an independent Autism diagnostic and counselling service for individuals across the age range who are verbally fluent. My assessments are tailored to the needs of the individual and include:
- the DISCO — Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders
- the 3Di — Developmental Dimensional and Diagnostic interview
- the ADOS — Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule.
The DISCO assessment is particularly suited to diagnosing girls whose autism traits can go undetected due to their ability to compensate, adapt and conceal their difficulties. The ADOS will often not identify autism in girls as it is based primarily on how autism presents in males, which can be very different.
In addition to my diagnostic assessments I offer psychological support for individuals, couples and parents. Therapies include cognitive behaviour therapy and psychotherapy for anxiety management, depression, low self-esteem, and relationship problems; parenting issues and couples work.
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Seeking a Diagnosis
A diagnosis provides important information about your or your child’s emotional, social and learning needs. For children it can contribute to an EHCP - Education Health Care Plan. For post 18yr olds a diagnosis will enable access to a specialist transition support service eg: Hertfordshire Transition Support Team. For parents preferring to use their local NHS diagnostic service they can contact their GP and request a referral to a Paediatrician or their local CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. In Hertfordshire you can contact the Single Point of Access 0300 777 0707 who will refer on or sign post you to the appropriate service.
Can I help?
If you would like to make an appointment or discuss your concerns with me in order to decide whether I am the right service for you, please contact me by email or phone 07931 950514 or use my contact page. More details of where I work, fees etc can be found on the Contact page.