The Guildford Autism Assessment Service
The Guildford Autism Assessment Service is an independent multidisciplinary team. We use established diagnostic tools in line with the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for Autism Spectrum Disorder/Condition (ASD) and consider differential diagnoses during assessment, as recommended by NICE.
The assessment consists of four parts:
1. Initial telephone consultation
A 30-minute telephone consultation to all clients wishing to determine whether an ASD assessment would be appropriate for their child. This is an opportunity for you to ask further questions about the assessment process and for us to learn more about your child and their current areas of strength and need.
2. Information Gathering
This includes the use of standardised questionnaires sent to parents/carers and the child’s education or day care setting. It will usually include conversations with staff in the child’s education/day care setting.
3. Parent/Carer Interview
A structured clinical interview to gather relevant information about the young person’s developmental history and current areas of strength and need. This may be conducted with one or both clinicians and without the child present.
4. Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2)
This is a semi-structured interaction, play and conversation-based assessment designed to elicit behaviours indicative of ASD. This is administered by one of the clinicians, with the other observing and taking notes.