Autism Spectrum Conditions Clinic (1yo to 5yo)
The Autism diagnostic clinic for under 5yo is conducted by a neuro-developmental Paediatrician and either a Speech and Language Therapist or Occupational Therapist with specialist additional training. The clinic involves three separate assessments, followed by feedback where a diagnosis is given if appropriate.
The first appointment is a General Development assessment, at the end of this appointment the Paediatrician will confirm if the Autism diagnostic clinic should proceed. If so, a second appointment will be booked for an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) assessment with a specialised therapist. A third appointment will then be booked with the Paediatrician for an Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI). Following this the ADOS specialist and the Paediatrician will provide a feedback session.
Autism Spectrum Conditions Clinic (5yo to 18yo)
At LCP we assess for Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC). Every assessment is compliant with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines and follows the stringent criteria set out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual: 5th Edition (DSM-5) to ensure a robust diagnosis. All the LCP neurodiversity assessors have multiple years of experience in assessing complex children and young people. Our assessors are Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists trained and skilled in recognised, standardised assessment tools, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI-R). This multidisciplinary assessment consists of:
· An introductory assessment invitation package, including pre-diagnostic Questionnaires
· A thorough developmental history with the young person’s parents/carers conducted virtually or face to face at our Sloane Sq clinic
· A questionnaire completed by the young person’s school and review of past school reports
· An interview or play-based assessment with the young person conducted virtually or face to face at our Sloane Sq clinic
· A clinical diagnostic discussion between the assessing clinicians
· An assessment conclusion virtual session.
Following the conclusion, the assessors will provide a detailed personalised report, which highlights the young person’s areas of strength and areas of need and will confirm the given diagnosis/diagnoses.