What to bring?
It is useful to bring copies of your child’s school reports. If your child has had any previous assessments, please bring these reports also. In addition, please bring any completed questionnaires which you may have been sent.

Who should attend?
It is best practice that both (where applicable) parents/guardians attend the initial assessment appointment.This is to ensure that a comprehensive clinical assessment is achieved which incorporates the viewpoints and observations of both parents. Parents can often focus on and notice different aspects of their child's strengths as well as their difficulties. Combining these perspectives in the clinical assessment enhances the overall accuracy of the picture of your child that emerges.

Similarly it is very important that both parents agree on the treatment plan, as this significantly increases the likelihood of a successful outcome for your child.

What to expect?
The assessment will take up to 2 hours. It will begin with both parents and child present to obtain a clinical history. Your child will then be seen separately (if aged 5 or older). Following this, feedback will be given to you and your child.

What type of questions will we be asked?
A clinical history including questions relating to your current concerns regarding your child, in addition to an overview of how these difficulties impact on day-to-day life is established. An account of your child’s school, family and social life will be sought. Your child’s medical and developmental history will be reviewed. It is also important to establish any family history which may be relevant.

What should we tell our child?
It is important that you explain what will happen at the assessment so that your child is put at ease about the process. Many parents find it helpful to explain that they understand that things have been tough. You can then tell your child that you are going together to see a doctor to talk about ways of making things better. This can often be a good opportunity to talk through any concerns or worries in advance of the appointment.

Standardised assessments such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) are provided as required.