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Aspergers and Autism 2017-09-05T16:20:16+00:00

Asperger’s and Autism Clinics

Our specialist team of Clinical Psychologists at Hampshire & Surrey Psychology are fully qualified to assess and diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorder for adults and adolescents aged 16+ years. Additionally, regardless of whether or not a diagnosis is given, we offer psychological therapy for individuals and families affected by these conditions.

We are able to provide a high quality assessment, counselling and therapy service for people diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and their families, to aid in making day to day living easier. We work in a collaborative manner, working with the client and their family to gain a full understanding of the difficulties they are experiencing and determine the most effective way forward. We believe that by giving our clients choice about the treatment that they receive we can empower them and give them confidence. Our approach is therefore always flexible and geared to suit the needs of the client.

Who we can help

Autism Spectrum Condition was a term used to cover what were previously a wide range of conditions which shared common areas of difficulty, including Autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Previously, these two conditions existed as major subgroups, but in 2013 the way that Autism Spectrum conditions were diagnosed changed. This means that the subgroups merged under the single heading of Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD.

Autism Spectrum Disorder exists along a range or “spectrum” with some individuals experiencing more severe difficulties than others.

Autism spectrum disorder is characterised by difficulties in:

  • Social relationships
  • Communication skills
  • Understanding emotions

Other signs of ASD include:

  • Narrow interests
  • Echolalia
  • Coping with change
  • Hypo-/hyper-sensitivity

How we can help

We are able to offer an assessment and diagnosis service for Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASCs)/Asperger’s syndrome. These assessments can help you to better understand your own strengths and difficulties. It may be beneficial for you to spend some time before your assessment considering how you would like your life to be different or what you would like to be doing which you currently aren’t, e.g. making friends, having a more varied job or living more independently. These goals or aims can help inform how we consider making recommendations or supporting you following the assessment. We use formal assessment measures as recommended by The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).

There are 5 stages to the assessment process:

  1. Initial telephone conversation following an enquiry. This gives you a chance to speak to a psychologist and ask any questions that you may have. If you choose to book an appointment for an initial screening session following this conversation you will be sent a few questionnaires to complete. These will then need to be brought to the initial assessment or emailed beforehand.
  2. Initial screening session. This session will last for around 90 minutes and will include a clinical interview and discussion of the completed questionnaires. At the end of this session the psychologist will be able to tell you whether a full assessment is necessary based upon your questionnaires and their clinical expertise. You can then decide whether, if clinically necessary, you wish to embark on the formal assessment process.
  3. Formal Assessment for Autism Spectrum Conditions. A formal assessment will involve the completion of further psychometric measures and clinical observations. This usually takes two further 90 minute sessions. It will also be possible to discuss any further assessments if clinically required, for example, a cognitive assessment, ADHD or a differential diagnosis which may incur an additional cost.
  4. All of the measures will then be scored and interpreted. A report will be written detailing the results and whether or not you meet criteria for a diagnosis of ASC. Recommendations about the next steps will be made. This involves considerable work ‘behind the scenes’ and is reflected in the costing of the assessment package.
  5. Diagnostic Outcome session. This session is designed to share the outcome of diagnosis (whether or not you meet criteria for an ASC), go through the results of the assessment process as detailed in the report. Recommendations will be discussed and any changes to the report can be made. This report is then sent to you, the client. Further help and support that we are able to provide or help that can be provided by other services can also be discussed.