A Step-by-step guide to the process
Step 1 - Contact made via website
Step 2 - Completion of an Early Developmental Questionnaire
This can be a self report or completed by someone who knew you well as a child.
Step 3 - Evaluation of the questionnaire
This questionnaire, when reviewed by an experienced clinician, is highly reliable in indicting if it is likely that the person will, after assessment meet the clinical criteria for an ASD.
I would be reticent in completing a private diagnostic assessment, where I would think it highly improbable that the person would reach diagnostic caseness. In reviewing the questionnaire, the fact that behaviours consistent with ASD are often not noticeable until later in life, is taken into account.
Masking and camouflaging difficulties can begin very early and home circumstances can influence the parental reporting.
Step 4 - Telephone consultation regarding the outcome of the evaluation of the questionnaire
Questionnaire is reviewed and current issues are discussed and the probability of reaching a positive diagnostic outcome is communicated.
Step 5 - Arrangements made for diagnostic assessment
All diagnostic assessments are completed over Zoom.
Appointment letter sent with invoice, to be paid 7 days prior to assessment date.
Step 6 - The full assessment is completed within 4-6 hours
However the Zoom call part of the assessment is typically 2 -2.5 hours.