Diagnostic/Assessment 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 3,000* Asperger/autistic personalities through her counselling career to date.

The assessment: the initial meeting usually takes two hours and involves observation along with an interview that focuses 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. For this part of the service we politely request £250. Reports range from 6-14 pages long, depending on what you bring information-wise to the consulting room.

The clinical diagnosis: 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. However, currently (November 2018) we are without the services of a chartered clinical psychologist but will hopefully recruit a replacement soon, so, until a new clinician is in position, we cannot help you from our Action for Asperger’s base with this part of the diagnostic process.  What we can do however is refer you on to psychologists whom we know and recommend and who work up and down the country in their own private practices.

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

NB: Please note that a formal clinical diagnosis MUST be undertaken by an appropriately qualified clinician who has additional qualifications in diagnosing autism/autism spectrum disorders. The Department of Work and Pensions will not recognise ‘diagnoses’ undertaken by non-clinicians, for these can only be regarded as ‘academic assessments’. Also, should you require a diagnosis to assist you in a legal case, again the same applies; your diagnosis should be undertaken by a suitably qualified clinical practitioner to best help you. The National Autistic Society holds a database of suitably qualified diagnosticians from all over the United Kingdom.

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

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

  • As at November 2018


VACANCY: Chartered Clinical Psychologist – for immediate start – write to Elaine Nicholson, CEO, on [email protected] for further details. This is a part-time position.