//Autism & ADHD
Autism & ADHD 2017-11-11T15:32:27+00:00

Autism and ADHD Clinics

We are a specialist team of Clinical Psychologists at Hampshire & Surrey Psychology are fully qualified to assess and diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity 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 (ASD) or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 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 can we help

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is characterised by difficulties with:

  • Attention
  • Impulsivity
  • Hyperactivity

Other signs of ADHD include difficulty with:

  • Social skills
  • Self-control
  • Organisation
  • Planning
  • Learning

Autism Spectrum disorder is characterised by difficullties in:

  • Social relationships
  • Communication skills
  • Understanding emotions

Other signs of ASD include:

  • narrow interests
  • echolalia
  • difficulty coping with change
  • hypo-/hyper-sensitivity

How can we help

We are able to offer an assessment and diagnosis service for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). 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 ASD. 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 ASD), 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.

We are now also able to offer full ADHD assessments conducted by a Psychiatrist, Dr Jyoti Vandana. The aim of this assessment is to help you to better understand the difficulties that you may have been experiencing through the use of a comprehensive assessment. An ADHD assessment will usually take around 2 hours and you will be provided with a full written report detailing the outcome and suggestions for treatment.

There are 5 main parts to the assessment:

  1. An initial telephone conversation following referral. This will give you a chance to ask any questions that you may have and discuss the assessment in further detail.
  2. Detailed developmental history from parents. This will include details of the presenting symptoms, how these have developed over time, family history, how the symptoms are affecting the individual in different settings, medical history and how long they have been experiencing these difficulties..
  3. QbCheck. This is a computer based test which objectively measures the three core symptoms of ADHD; activity, inattention and impulsivity. The test takes between 15 and 20 minutes depending on the individual’s age. The results are then analysed by the system and compared to individuals of the same age and gender both with and without diagnoses of ADHD.
  4. Scoring and assessment of ADHD specific questionnaires. As part of the assessment questionnaires will be sent prior to the appointment. These will need to be completed by the parents, child and school. These will be considered alongside qualitative feedback, particularly detailed feedback from the school.
  5. Report writing. You will be provided with a full and detailed report outlining the outcome of the assessment as well as any recommendations for treatment. If medication is recommended you can then liaise with the Psychiatrist and your GP to access this.

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