Adult Autism Assessment

We offer assessment and diagnosis of adult autism, other neurodivergent conditions, and co-morbid mental health problems.

Adult Autism Assessment

Adult Autism Assessment

Adult Autism Assessment

We offer assessment and diagnosis of adult autism, other neurodivergent conditions, and co-morbid mental health problems.

Adult Autism Assessment

Assessment, Diagnosis and Management of Autism

At Anchor Psychiatry Group all our Consultant Psychiatrists are highly experienced in the assessment and diagnosis of adult autism, other neurodivergent conditions, and co-morbid mental health problems.

We offer a choice of adult autism diagnostic assessments. You can opt to undergo an assessment with one of our Consultant Psychiatrists only or choose a multidisciplinary assessment with one of our Consultant Psychiatrists and our Occupational Therapist.

For more information then please see details in our FAQ section below.

Having these 2 assessment options ensures that you can access a multidisciplinary assessment that meets the NICE guidance (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommendations whilst remaining a therapeutic and useful experience if this is important to you. NICE advises that adult autism assessments should be team based and draw on a range of professions and skills. However, we recognise that for many adults seeking a diagnostic opinion, undergoing an assessment with an experienced psychiatrist is sufficient for their needs. Our FAQ section explains both options in detail.

Future Steps Post Autism Diagnosis

Many people we work with can benefit from post-diagnostic support and coaching. This can help people to understand their unique neurodivergent profile and work on specific areas such as managing sensory sensitivities and strengthening executive functioning. Our team Occupational Therapist, Claire Davids, is very experienced in working with neurodivergent people and can provide post-diagnostic support and coaching if required.

Adult Autism Assessment

Adult Autism Assessment Frequently Asked Questions

Autism and ADHD commonly co-exist (up to 40% of autistic individuals may also meet the diagnostic criteria for ADHD). If your Consultant thinks an ADHD assessment may be of benefit they will discuss this with you and you will have the option to proceed to having an ADHD assessment with us if you wish. We can usually offer this at a discounted fee if undertaken soon after your autism assessment as some of the background information will have already been collected and we can combine the diagnostic reports.

Most of our autism assessments take place via video consultation. You will either have 1 meeting with a Consultant Psychiatrist or a meeting with a Consultant Psychiatrist and a separate meeting with an Occupational Therapist depending on which assessment you have chosen (see above for details). The professionals will have read your screening forms and pre-assessment information before the appointment and will ask you about your childhood, development, schooling, work history, family, physical health, and mental health as well as assess for features of autism. We ask that where possible, someone who knows you well can attend for some of the assessment as an informant (they can join the video call without needing to be in the same place as you). The professionals you see will put you at ease and you will be able to take a break during the assessment and ask any questions you may have. We can usually let you know at the end of the assessment whether you meet the diagnostic criteria, discuss treatment options if you have additional mental health difficulties, and discuss available support/resources.

We actively encourage you to discuss accessing our service with your GP and request to receive an initial referral from your GP. This is because your GP is the medical professional responsible for co-ordinating your health care and their involvement helps to ensure that professionals can communicate to maintain best practice. When referring to us, your GP can provide relevant clinical information to inform our approach. We request your permission to send clinical letters to your GP following appointments to keep them informed and where necessary to liaise with your GP to prioritise your physical and mental health care.

Once we have received your GP referral letter, we will contact you to send our autism screening and pre-assessment forms and register you with our service. We politely request that these forms are returned within 7 days. Some of the autism screening forms should be completed by someone who knew you well as a child (ideally a parent) or if unavailable, someone who has known you for a long time. We will add you to our adult autism assessment waiting list once we have received your referral and your completed screening/pre-assessment forms have been returned to us. We can let you know an up-to-date approximate wait time at the point you are added to our wait list. Once an assessment slot becomes available, we will make contact and at that stage you will need to pay for the assessment to confirm your appointment.

Our multidisciplinary adult autism assessment package (£1250*) via zoom video consultation includes:

  • Detailed pre-assessment screening and analysis, including additional sensory screening.
  • A comprehensive diagnostic assessment appointment with an experienced Consultant Psychiatrist (lasting approximately 2.5 – 3 hours).
  • A separate meeting with an Occupational Therapist to focus on sensory issues, functioning, and understanding your support needs in depth (lasting approximately 1 hour).
  • A detailed assessment report including information from both assessment meetings and including advice as needed for your GP regarding management of any co-morbid mental health issues, and recommendations regarding post-diagnostic support and resources.
  • A separate letter you can show to an employer or educational provider explaining your diagnosis and advising on reasonable adjustments (this is only sent to you, and it is then your choice whom this is shared with).

Our Consultant Psychiatrist led adult autism assessment package (£1000*) via zoom video consultation includes:

  • Detailed pre-assessment screening and analysis.
  • A comprehensive diagnostic assessment appointment with an experienced Consultant Psychiatrist (lasting approximately 2.5 – 3 hours).
  • A detailed assessment report including advice as needed for your GP regarding management of any co-morbid mental health issues, and recommendations regarding post-diagnostic support and resources.

*Please be advised any costs quoted reflect our current appointment charges, however these may be subject to change from time to time and you will be charged according to the cost at the time your appointment is booked.

Most of our appointments take place via video consultation. We also offer in-person appointments at our Norwich clinic, however, please be aware that these are charged at a higher rate (please check the price with us at the time of booking if needed) and as availability for these is limited the wait time may be longer than for a video appointment.

We see adults aged 18 and above. For under 18’s we recommend contacting CAMHS Consultant Psychiatrist Dr James Fox.

If you are registered with a private medical insurer, please be aware that only some of us see insured patients. It is important to let us know at the time of your initial inquiry if you are planning to use insurance to cover your fees, we will then be able to advise if we are able to accommodate this.

How to Access Our Adult Autism Assessment Services

Our team of Consultant Psychiatrists possesses extensive expertise in evaluating and diagnosing adult autism, along with other neurodivergent conditions and co-morbid mental health issues.

To avail of our services, we strongly recommend consulting your general practitioner (GP) and seeking an initial referral. This step holds utmost importance as your GP plays a central role in coordinating your healthcare, facilitating smooth communication among professionals, and maintaining the highest standards of care.

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