If you're wondering whether you might be autistic, you may want to get a formal diagnosis. For many people, this can be a helpful sign of recognition and a long-overdue validation for feeling different. It can provide clarity, belonging, peace of mind and support.
Getting answers to questions you might have spent years wondering about can be genuinely life-changing. Whether you receive a diagnosis or not, you’ll always come away with an answer and a clear plan.
Dr Karen Ashwood, Postdoctoral Neurodevelopmental Specialist, Clinical Partners
Our autism assessment process brings together the two most trusted, accurate, and widely used diagnostic procedures available: the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2).
These are the diagnostic tools of choice for leading clinicians when professionally assessing autism. Using these measures together enables us to make a diagnosis and produce comprehensive recommendations at the level of detail required for you to make changes that can make a positive impact on your life.
Where possible, information about your experiences both in childhood and as an adult is collected from someone who has known you from an early age. This person is referred to as your “informant”, but please do not worry about their involvement - they are here to support you throughout your assessment.
Your informant could be a parent, partner, friend, or companion. Please remember this isn’t about judging you or your behaviour – it’s about helping your clinician understand your developmental history and reach the most accurate and reliable conclusion.
More information about choosing a suitable informant, their role, and how we use the information they provide.
We ask you to complete several pre-appointment questionnaires. These are widely respected tools used to establish if you are likely to have autism or other co-occurring conditions. They help your clinician build a complete picture of your current strengths and difficulties and will be seen and scored before your face-to-face appointments.
After your assessment, you will receive a detailed written report outlining the findings your clinical team has reached. This will include an explanation of whether the findings are consistent (or not) with a diagnosis of autism Your report may help you access local support groups, national charities, other autistic people and your college, university or workplace.