Autism Assessments

What is Autism?

Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how individuals communicate with other people and interact with the world around them. Autism is more common than you may have thought and it is estimated that one in 100 people are on the autism spectrum. 

As Autism spectrum condition, it affects people in different ways. Autistic people will have different strengths and what they find difficult will vary.

  • Challenges with social communication and social interaction 
  • Repetitive and restrictive behaviour 
  • Sensory difficulties, such as over-or under-sensitivity to light, sound, taste or touch
  • Specific interests or hobbies 
  • Difficulties with describing and coping with strong emotions 
  • Meltdowns and/or shutdowns
  • Difficulties making sense of verbal and non-verbal communication, like gestures or tone of voice. 
  • Repeating what others say 
  • Difficulties making and holding eye contact
  • Finding it hard to ‘read’ other people
  • Challenges recognising and expressing emotions and the emotions of other people  
  • Struggling to form relationships with others 
  • Not always responding to voices or sounds 
  • A strong need for routine and finding change highly distressing
  • Repetitive movements such as hand flapping, rocking, spinning
  • Disliking loud or distracting noises
  • Sensitivity to how things feel (such as clothing or labels) 
  • Having really focussed interests and wanting to share knowledge with other people. 

“Sophie was wonderful with our daughter during her ADOS-2 assessment”

 What does an Autism Assessment involve? 

An initial consultation

To get an overview of the current difficulties  

Pre-screening questionnaires

To provide a more specific indicator of common traits associated with the autism spectrum


A detailed, structured interview with an appropriate informant to obtain information about someone’s early development. 

The ADOS-2 

An in-person, observational assessment that includes several activities, questions and general conversation  

Multidisciplinary Team Meeting 

Your assessing clinicians will hold an MDT meeting to discuss your assessment and determine the outcome. 

Feedback meeting 

A meeting to let you know the outcome of the assessment and give you time to ask questions

A comprehensive report 

You will receive a report detailing the findings of the assessments


We will provide individualised recommendations, based on your or your child’s needs.

Autism Assessment

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