No, the FREE screening is exactly that … FREE. We provide feedback, with recommendations, but it is entirely your choice if you take your enquiry with us any further.
FREE online screening for ASD
(inc the PDA profile)
As part of our comprehensive assessment service for ASD, we offer a free online screening screening service to help determine if your child has signs of possible Autism. We always use the caveat ‘possible’ until we can formally assess an individual face to face. Our three step process for Autism assessments for children is as follows:
- Initial FREE screening
- Initial Consultation (optional)
- Formal Assessment
Further details of the process are outlined below
1 - Free Screening
Our initial free screening involves the parent completing an ASD initial screen. (please see link above to access this.) Our ASD screening tool helps us to see if ASD may possibly be present.
Once you complete the online screening, we provide free feedback via email – generally within five working days.
2 - Initial Consultation (optional)
The next step, prior to committing to a full assessment, is we offer parents the option of a one-hour consultation with a clinical psychologist to discuss their child (face-to-face, over the phone or via Skype) to get a feel if ASD may be present, and this is priced at £100. If it is considered there is sufficient evidence to carry out a full assessment, and that assessment is subsequently booked with us, then we provide a £50 discount on the normal assessment price to contribute towards the cost of the consultation.
If we see very strong evidence of possible ASD at the screening stage we may suggest parents opt out of the consultation step, and consider going straight to a formal assessment. This does of course enable them to access an earlier appointment and reduce their costs. (It is important to note that the initial consultation does NOT provide a diagnosis, or a report.)
3 - Formal Assessment
As part of our ASD assessments, unlike some ASD assessment providers, we also include within our price a cognitive assessment. A cognitive assessment is not an essential part of an Autism assessment but it can be very useful. Most neuro-typical children have reasonably similar abilities in the different areas of the assessment (e.g. verbal and non-verbal reasoning, working memory and processing speed). Many children on the autistic spectrum will have an uneven or ‘spiky’ profile of strengths and difficulties. Some may be extremely able verbally but struggle in many other areas.
They may have difficulties retaining and manipulating information or copying information off the board. Others may have significant language difficulties but process non-verbal information much more efficiently. Results of a cognitive assessment can be shared with school and used as supporting evidence to help towards securing an EHCP.
If your child is a girl you may also be interested to know that our clinical director, Dr Judy Eaton, has written a book titled ‘A Guide to Mental Health Issues in Girls and Young Women on the Autism Spectrum: Diagnosis, Intervention and Family Support’, which was commissioned by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. (The book can be viewed on Amazon using this link)