What do Cornwall Autism do?

We offer private ASD assessments to children and young people over the age of 6 years of age. Assessments are carried out by two registered professionals with extensive experience in Autism assessment. We can carry assessments out on-line or face-to-face.

What will happen when I contact you?

We will gather information from you and your child’s school (or other professional who has worked with your child if they are not in education) to determine if an autism assessment from Cornwall Autism would be appropriate for your child. If you decide to go ahead with the assessment, we will then arrange times with you for the assessment sessions.

Can you guarantee that my child will receive a diagnosis following assessment?

We cannot guarantee a diagnosis. We will use our clinical skills to carry out the assessment. If we do not feel that your child meets the diagnostic criteria for an Autism Spectrum Disorder, we will discuss this with you in the feedback meeting and will make recommendations based on your child’s strengths and needs.

Whether the difficulties your child are experiencing are the result of living with ASD or due to another presenting difficulty, understanding more about this and having support to consider how best to manage and cope with it can be helpful in moving towards their values and life goals. Regardless as to whether your child receives a diagnosis of Autism or not, a report can be provided detailing their strengths and weaknesses and recommendations for support.

How do you store my information?

We take privacy very seriously and will store your information in line with GDPR guidelines  – see our Privacy Policy.

How do I know that that the clinician’s involved in my child’s assessment are qualified?

Mary, Oni, Lisa and Sophie are all registered professionals: you can check their professional registration by entering their surname and profession on the HCPC website (link to HCPC).

Is a private assessment recognised for an EHCP?

Here in Cornwall, a private assessment is recognised if it meets certain criteria, including being carried out by 2 registered clinicians from different backgrounds and following recognised diagnostic criteria (eg DSM5). Once you have received a report from Cornwall Autism confirming your child’s diagnosis, you can distribute it to your child’s school and GP so they can update their records. We will send the diagnostic report to the local diagnostic service so they too can update their records.

How is Autism Diagnosed?

An Autism Spectrum Disorder is diagnosed by professionals who are highly skilled and experienced in carrying out diagnostic assessments. There are 3 components to the assessment:

  • An assessment/observation of the child
  • A detailed interview with a parent/guardian who can provide information about the child’s current presentation and developmental history.
  • Contextual information from another source, for example the child’s school or another setting.
  • The assessment should include the use of standardised assessments, for example the ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) or ADI (Autism Diagnostic Interview).
Please do get in touch if you have any questions or would like to arrange a private Autism assessment for your child here in Cornwall.