Assessment and Diagnosis of ASD

At Essex Autism Service, we offer:

  • Specialist multi-disciplinary ASD diagnostic assessments for children aged between 2 and 18 years of age.
  • Specialist and comprehensive ASD diagnostic assessments for adults.

All of our diagnostic assessments follow NHS guidelines and are accepted by the NHS, Social Services and Education Authorities. We use diagnostic assessment tools that are recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Effectiveness (NICE).

Specialist Multi-Disciplinary ASD Diagnostic Assessments for Children

Our assessments for children are conducted by our Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Dr Nadine Bearman (BSc, DClinPsych, DipCAT, MBPS) and a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (SALT). All our clinicians have extensive experience of working with children and young people with ASD.

Our assessments include:

  • An initial telephone consultation with Dr Nadine Bearman, Chartered Clinical Psychologist.
  • A specialist and comprehensive interview to learn about your child’s development.
  • The Autism Diagnostic Interview, Revised Edition (ADI-R). This is an extended interview designed to elicit a full range of information needed to assist in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2). The ADOS is a structured observation that assesses a child’s social communication and their interaction style with an unfamiliar adult.
  • A review of reports and information from past assessments with other professionals.
  • We send a form to be completed and liaise with the pre-school, nursery, school or college prior to the assessment. We may arrange an observation if required.
  • Immediate feedback with a face-to-face discussion of the assessment outcome.
  • Face-to-face consultation about particular concerns or difficulties.
  • A comprehensive and detailed report within two weeks of the assessment. The report contains details about how the conclusion was reached with recommendations based on what your child’s particular needs are. This may include recommendations of management strategies for your child or the whole family, resources that may be helpful for parents and siblings, signposting to relevant local support services, and recommendations for current or future education.
  • An optional post assessment follow-up session to discuss the assessment and any particular difficulties or concerns that you may have.
  • Ongoing post-diagnostic advice and support as required.

Specialist and Comprehensive ASD Diagnostic Assessments for Adults

Our assessments for adults are conducted by our Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Dr Nadine Bearman (BSc, DClinPsych, DipCAT, MBPS). Dr Nadine Bearman has extensive experience of working with adults with ASD, and has specialist knowledge and experience of mental health, neuropsychology and trauma.

Our assessments include:

  • An initial telephone consultation with Dr Nadine Bearman, Chartered Clinical Psychologist.
  • A comprehensive developmental interview.
  • The Autism Diagnostic Interview, Revised Edition (ADI-R). This is an extended interview designed to elicit a full range of information needed to assist in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • The Adult Asperger Assessment (AAA).
  • The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2). The ADOS is a structured observation that assesses a person’s social communication abilities and his or her interaction style.
  • A cognitive assessment (IQ test).
  • A review of reports and information from past assessments with other professionals.
  • Immediate feedback with a face-to-face discussion of the assessment outcome.
  • Face-to-face consultation about particular concerns or difficulties.
  • A comprehensive and detailed report within two weeks of the assessment. The report contains details about how the conclusion was reached with recommendations based on what your particular needs are. This may include resources that may be helpful for you or your family, signposting to relevant local support services, and recommendations for current or future support.
  • We can provide additional letters for your employer to help them to make reasonable adjustments in the workplace.
  • Post assessment follow up session to discuss the assessment and any particular difficulties or concerns you may have.
  • Ongoing post-diagnostic advice and support as required. This includes liaising with your employer if requested.

We do not add additional charges for follow up support, letters or completion of forms post assessment. For information regarding fees, please contact us on:

Tel: 01843 652571

Email: info@essexautismservice.com