An autism assessment is the first step to helping your child reach his or her potential 

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Autism Testing / Assessment at Harley Therapy™ London

Confused by your child's behaviour, or struggling to cope?  

Worried about your child’s development, and suspect he or she might be on the autism spectrum? Or know your child is autistic, and need further support to help him or her lead a fulfilling life?  

The signs of autism  

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). 

Does my child really need an autism assessment? 

The sooner your child is diagosed, the sooner a program can be created that helps him or her learn key skills to function better at both home and school. And proper diagnosis can also help you as a family, meaning you can receive the guidance and support you need.   

If your child is found to not have autism, an assessment will be able to spot any other developmental disorders or learning difficulties.

What does an autism test involve? 

Autism testing in under 19s is a very thorough assessment that involves a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals. This must include at minimum a paediatrician or child psychiatrist, a speech and language therapist, and an educational psychologist. 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. 

Can adults be assessed for autism? 

Yes. If you recognise the main signs of autism above and also have problems holding down a job or relationships, it can be worth having an assessment. Asperger syndrome in particular can be overlooked until later in life. 

Autism Assessments- the Harley Therapy™ approach

One of our expert educational psychologists will review all medical information and assessments from your child's other health team members. They will then meet with you to discuss your child's development, findings to date, and to answer any questions you might have. This will be followed by assessments that look at how your child communicates, interacts, plays, and takes in information. 

You will be given a full written report of your educational psychologist's findings, and are usually offered further consultations to support you in integrating your child's treatment plan. 

Testing for autism and developmental disorders in London 

Our educational psychologists recognise that each child and family are unique. They aim to make the experience of autism assessment as clear and comfortable as possible. Note that we can also provide individual support for parents. 

Testing for developmental disorders is the first step for your family to receive the support you need. Why not get in touch to discuss your concerns?  Call us now or book online to make a confidential appointment with one of our educational psychologists in the City of London, Harley Street, or London Bridge.

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