Autism spectrum disorder, or ‘ASD’, is a developmental disorder that affects the way your child communicates and behaves. Each child will experience autism in his or her unique way, but in general your autistic child will:
- struggle with social interaction
- not communicate like other children
- have a limited range of interests and a tendency to repeat behaviours and tasks
- under or overreact to sensory information (sound, light, colour, touch).
If you want a professional and private opinion on your child’s learning and behaviours, without the involvement of your child’s school or the local council, our highly trained and experienced educational psychologists can assess your child for developmental disorders or learning difficulties, and support children who may be on the autism spectrum.
If your child already has an autism diagnosis, they can provide parenting support and strategies to help your child at school and home. If your psychologist feels your child registers as on the autism spectrum, he or she can then advise you on how to attain a full and official diagnosis for you child with your local authority (we are unable to provide this service).
Autism diagnosis for those under 19 is a very thorough assessment that involves a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals. They will look at your child and family’s medical history, ask about your child’s development, and give your child a physical examination to rule out any medical conditions.
If you recognise the main signs of autism above and have problems holding down a job or relationships, it is possible you are on the autism spectrum disorder, but it was until now overlooked or misdiagnosed. Asperger’s syndrome can be overlooked until later in life. You can book a consultation one of our educational psychologists to assess your IQ and learning styles and discuss the possibility of having autism. They will answer any questions you might have and explain to you the next steps to take to get an official diagnosis, should that be the route you decide on.
Our Approach: You will be given a full written report of your educational psychologist’s findings around learning and behaviours, as well as advice on attaining any needed diagnosis and a plan to help your child (or yourself) cope better. Further consultations can be discussed to monitor your child’s progress and support you with parenting.
Testing for Autism: Our educational psychologists aim to make the experience of recognising and navigating autism and learning difficulties as clear and comfortable as possible for you.