Frequently asked questions

I think my child needs an assessment what do I do next?

Please fill out the contact form on the website.  If the contact form is not visible, our waiting list is closed.  Please check back later, we will reopen the waiting list on the 1st of every month or when someone decides not to proceed with an assessment. 

Please note our working hours are Monday - Friday 9-5 pm.  We will respond within 3 working days.

What happens next?

We will email you a link to complete a parent information form. This email will also contain information about waiting time for initial consultation and the costs of our assessments. Please complete this form within 7 days.

The parent information form gives us lots of information about your child’s strengths and difficulties. One of our clinicians will review this to ensure we are the right service for your child.

We will signpost to other services if our clinician does not feel we are the right service to help your child.

If our clinician accepts your referral we will send a consent form for you to complete and an invoice for the initial consultation via our invoicing software QuickBooks. This may go to your junk or spam folder so please check.

Once your invoice has been paid we will arrange your initial consultation and notify you of the date and time via email, we will also send a link to your child’s school to complete a questionnaire.

What is included in an assessment?

Our assessments are holistic and provide a full neurodevelopmental assessment. The initial assessment is an opportunity for the clinicians to meet you and your child and make a plan about the sort of assessment that will help us to make a formulation of your child’s difficulties depending on the outcome of the initial assessment;

If your child is 6 or under an ASD assessment will include;

  1. Initial Multidisciplinary Assessment – this is a face-to-face appointment with 2 of our clinicians
  2. School observation – one of our clinicians will carry out a discreet observation at your child’s school
  3. Multidisciplinary team discussion
  4. Final report detailing the team’s findings

(Your child may require additional assessments such as an ADOS 2 or cognitive assessment, this will incur an extra charge)

If your child is aged 7-11 an ASD assessment will include

  1. Initial Multidisciplinary Assessment – this is a face-to-face appointment with one of our clinicians
  2. School observation – one of our clinicians will carry out a discreet observation at your child’s school
  3. ADOS 2 – Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule. This is a one-to-one assessment with one of the clinicians
  4. Cognitive assessment & assessment of executive functioning – this is a one-to-one assessment carried out by a clinical psychologist.
  5. Multidisciplinary team discussion
  6. Final report detailing the team’s findings


If your child is aged 7-11 an ADHD assessment will include

  1. Initial Multidisciplinary Assessment – this is a face-to-face appointment with one of our clinicians
  2. School observation – one of our clinicians will carry out a discreet observation at your child’s school
  3. Cognitive assessment & assessment of executive functioning – this is a one-to-one assessment carried out by a clinical psychologist.
  4.  ADHD screening questionnaire (Conners questionnaire)
  5. QB Check - A clinical psychologist will carry out this computer-based test with your child
  6. Multidisciplinary team discussion
  7. Final report detailing the team’s findings

If your child is aged 7-11 an ASD & ADHD assessment will include

  1. Initial Multidisciplinary Assessment – this is a face-to-face appointment with one of our clinicians
  2. School observation – one of our clinicians will carry out a discreet observation at your child’s school
  3.  ADOS-2- Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule. This is a one-to-one assessment with one of the clinicians
  4. Cognitive assessment & assessment of executive functioning – this is a one-to-one assessment carried out by a clinical psychologist.
  5. ADHD screening questionnaire (Conners questionnaire)
  6. QB Check - one of our clinicians will carry out this computer-based test with your child
  7. Multidisciplinary team discussion
  8. Final report detailing the team’s findings

If your child is aged 12 or over an ASD assessment will include;

  1. Initial consultation – this is a face-to-face appointment with one of our clinicians
  2. School information gathering
  3. ADOS 2 – Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule. This is a one-to-one assessment with one of the clinicians
  4. Cognitive assessment & assessment of executive functioning – this is a one-to-one assessment carried out by a clinical psychologist
  5. Multidisciplinary team discussion
  6. Final report detailing the team’s findings

If your child is aged 12 or over an ADHD assessment will include;

  1. Initial consultation – this is a face-to-face appointment with one of our clinicians
  2. School information gathering
  3. ADHD screening questionnaire (Conners questionnaire)
  4. Cognitive assessment & assessment of executive functioning – this is a one-to-one assessment carried out by a clinical psychologist.
  5.  QB Check- one of our clinicians will carry out this computer-based test with your child
  6. Multidisciplinary team discussion
  7. Final report detailing the team’s findings

If your child is aged 12 or over an ASD & ADHD assessment will include;

  1. Initial consultation – this is a face-to-face appointment with one of our clinicians
  2. School information gathering
  3. ADHD screening questionnaire (Conners questionnaire)
  4. Cognitive assessment & assessment of executive functioning – this is a one-to-one assessment carried out by a clinical psychologist.
  5. QB Check- one of our clinicians will carry out this computer-based test with your child
  6. ADOS-2 Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule. This is a one-to-one assessment with one of the clinicians
  7. Multidisciplinary team discussion
  8. Final report detailing the team’s findings

There are some extra assessments which may also be required;

Sensory screening

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) Assessment

Full Sensory Assessment

Test of Abstract Language Comprehension (TALC)

Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals (CELF)

We can offer a virtual feedback meeting after the assessment to discuss the assessment and final report in more detail.

We can also offer follow-up appointments for children diagnosed with ADHD to discuss medication if required.

How much does an assessment cost?

We send the assessment cost information out with our parent information form this is split into two, an initial consultation fee and a cost for further assessments.  If further assessments are required, this will be confirmed at the initial consultation.

Are your clinicians qualified to make a diagnosis?

Our team are very experienced clinicians who are qualified to assess and diagnosis a range of neurodevelopmental conditions. Find out more about the team.

Will my child receive a diagnosis?

We are able to assess children for neurodevelopmental disorders, if they meet the diagnostic criteria we will provide them with a diagnosis. Not every child we assess will receive a diagnosis.

Are your assessments National Institute for health and care excellence (NICE) compliant and recognised by the NHS?

All of our assessments are NICE compliant, recognised by the NHS and local authority services.

How long does an assessment take?

We aim to complete a full assessment within 3-4 months from the time of the initial consultation to the final report. This is a guide timeframe and is subject to change. School holidays will impact the waiting time if your child requires a school observation. (e.g. if your child is seen in July/August and requires a school observation this will need to take place in the new term.)

Do you provide help and support after diagnosis?

We do not currently provide post diagnostic therapeutic services however we do work with some psychology colleagues who we may signpost you to for ongoing support.

We provide a prescribing service for young people with ADHD, and this includes face to face appointments to monitor medication. It is very important to be aware that medication is not suitable for every child with ADHD.

ADHD medication shortage

You may be aware that there is currently a Europe-wide shortage of medication to treat ADHD.

We are advised that whilst some of the issues that have caused this are likely to be resolved soon it is likely that supplies will be very limited until the end of April 2024.

This means that we are unable to commence patients on medication as the limited stocks will be prioritised for individuals who are already on medication. This applies to NHS as well as private prescribers.


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