Diagnostic Service

Do you think you may have Asperger’s Syndrome (autism)?

We offer an assessment and diagnostic service for autism. Elaine Nicholson, Master of Autism and PGC in Asperger’s Syndrome is the initial assessor. Elaine is also a qualified counsellor who has had experience of counselling over 1,800 Asperger/autistic personalities through her counselling career to date.

The initial meeting usually takes two hours and involves observation along with an interview that focusses on an individual’s early developmental history. This is referred to as an academic, non-clinical, assessment for autism. Such assessments  proffer helpful advices to general practitioners who may be thinking about referring you on to a diagnostic process through the National Health Service. We can write directly to your general practitioner if you wish; alternatively, your report may be retained privately by you.

If you would like to pursue a private clinical diagnosis, we can help you.  If the outcome of your assessment undertaken by Elaine points to a likely autism/autism spectrum disorder, then you have the opportunity of being referred on to our charity’s clinical diagnostician for further evaluation.

Dr. Kate Baldry, chartered clinical psychologist, on a separate date, will conduct a clinical ADOS-2 instrument for diagnosing autism and autism spectrum disorder, with Elaine as the second qualified ADOS-2 assessor. The ADOS-2 can take 1-2 hours to complete. By combining both outcomes, a clinical summary report is produced.

In the case of school-age children, further involvement by our educationalist, Kate Pode, paediatric occupational therapist, Rachael Gartland, and/or our speech and language therapist, Helen Eales, might also be required as part of our multi-agency approach to diagnosing for autism as per the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines¹, ²,. Prices range from £150 to £800; we will not know until we see you how far we may need to pursue our investigations.

We diagnose ages 3 years and upwards. After-care is provided through the Action for Asperger’s counselling service if required.

1. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg128

2. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg142