What we do

Autism Assessment, Therapy and Specialist Mentoring Support for Neurodivergent Adolescents and Adults

The assessment process

  • You can self-refer, we do not need a GP referral
  • We will then send you our 3 referral forms which is our screening process
  • We do not charge to read and review your completed forms
  • Once your forms have been reviewed, if there is sufficient information for an assessment, we will offer you our next appointment which is typically a 3-hour slot
  • As part of our adult autism assessment screening process, we also consider ADHD. If we think it may be helpful to have an ADHD assessment we might recommend this as a dual assessment or as an additional ADHD assessment after the autism assessment
  • We will ask for more information if we need it and will not agree to an assessment without the necessary information
  • Appointments can be offered face to face or online if preferred
  • We welcome partners, family or friends in the assessment process if you would like this but you are in control of how long they stay and the role they play
  • We endeavour to make all assessments as comfortable as possible and prioritise your sensory and communication preferences/needs at the outset
  • We recognise that assessments can be daunting but we ensure your experience is one of being seen, heard and validated
  • We aim to give feedback on the day. Occasionally we need extra thinking time and so may arrange a further session at no extra cost
  • After the assessment, we write a comprehensive and personalised report with detailed recommendations. These include consideration of reasonable adjustments in the workplace and within school/education settings
  • We send the report in draft form initially so that we can give you an opportunity to amend any errors
  • Following your feedback, we send you your final report. This is your document and we do not send it to your GP, employer nor anyone else
  • Parents can self-refer, we do not need a GP referral
  • We will then send you our 3 referral forms which is our screening process
  • With consent, we also contact your son’s/daughter’s school to ascertain their perspectives on your child’s strengths/needs
  • We do not charge to read and review your completed forms
  • Once your forms have been reviewed, if there is sufficient information for an assessment, we will offer you our next appointment which typically starts at 10am and finishes at 2.30 pm
  • We will ask for more information if we need it and will not agree to an assessment without the necessary information
  • We endeavour to make all assessments as comfortable as possible and will prioritise your child’s sensory and communication preferences/needs at the outset
  • We aim to give feedback on the day. Occasionally we need extra thinking time and so may arrange a further session at no extra cost
  • After the assessment, we write a comprehensive and personalised report. This is initially in draft form so that we can give you an opportunity to amend any errors
  • Following your feedback, we send you your child’s final report. This is your document and we do not send it to your child’s GP, teachers nor anyone else

Initial Consultations

We offer a 60 or 90 minute consultation if you think that you, or a family member, may be autistic and you wish to discuss this. You, or a family member, may be ambivalent about the helpfulness of an autism assessment and may require professional support to think through the pros and cons of this.

  • Understanding your autism assessment and what it means for you and your life
  • Exploring your identity and making sense of yourself whilst reframing your negative narrative about your differences
  • Helping you to navigate some of your challenges whilst promoting value in your strengths as well as your neurodivergent identity
  • Helping you to understand autistic burnout and how to reduce overwhelm
  • Helping you to recognise, identify and better manage your emotions
  • Helping you to manage your executive functioning challenges which may be getting in the way of completing day to day tasks
  • Helping you to understand and manage your anxiety in the context of autism and alleviate other mental health concerns
  • Working with you alongside your partner and/or family to address any differences in communication and social relating which may be ‘getting in the way’ of your relationships
  • Help with accessing benefits e.g. PIP applications
  • Employment support including employment support plans and liaison with employers
  • Health support including writing health passports and attending health appointments
  • Educational support including specialist mentoring for university students (funded by Disability Student Allowance) and support within schools
  • Social support including help to access the community, help to meet other autistic people and help with organisation/systems within the home

Resources

We work closely with other agencies such as Occupational Therapists, and employment mentors. OTs can offer assessments and therapy for help with sensory processing sensitivities and coordination challenges e.g. dyspraxia. See https://www.moynatalcer.co.uk