Our Services:

Cornwall Autism offer 3 assessment options for families to choose from; an online, face to face or hybrid assessment – all of which can be tailored to fit your family’s needs and have their own benefits which we detail below.

  • ONLINE:

We can assess your child from the comfort of your own home at a time to suit you using our online service. Cornwall Autism use a secure video platform to meet with you and your child over 3 sessions. This has proven to be a very efficient and effective way of working with those children and young people whose presentation is strongly indicative of ASD, and as a result we can offer this service at a reduced rate.

Our clinicians are experienced in using online assessment methods within their work in the NHS and have also trained other clinicians to use the on-line assessment tool which has been developed to adapt assessment tasks that we use when meeting young people face-to-face.  All you need is a computer or tablet and a quiet space to carry out the assessment.

See below for more detail on our online private autism assessment process.

  • Online Assessment

    EASY SELF-REFERRAL FOR OUR ONLINE ASSESSMENT

    • Simply contact us via our contact form to refer your child for a private ASD assessment from Cornwall Autism.

    FREE INITIAL INFORMATION GATHERING AND SCREENING

    • Once we have received your email we will start to gather information from you to determine if an assessment from Cornwall Autism is appropriate for your child. We will also seek to get more information by giving you a form for your child’s school (or possibly someone else who knows your child if they are not currently attending an education setting) to complete. This will enable us to develop a clear picture of how your child functions in different settings. We also have the option to administer the Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ), a standardised ASD questionnaire which again will guide us regarding whether proceeding with a private ASD assessment is appropriate for your child.
    • If at this point we do not think an assessment from Cornwall Autism is right for your child, for instance if there is not enough evidence of ASD or if your child’s presentation is complex we will signpost you to appropriate support, including local NHS and council services. 
    • If we all agree that a private ASD assessment could be helpful we will discuss with you which assessment option would be best suited to your family. We will then arrange a date and time that is convenient for you for the next stage of our assessment.

    THE ONLINE ASSESSMENT

    • We will talk with you via a secure video platform to gather a detailed developmental history about your child using the ADI-R questionnaire. This will take approximately 3 hours. 
    • We will also have a session via our secure video platform with your child administering an informal social communication assessment which enables us to observe different behaviours. This will take approximately 1 and a half hours. 
    • Cornwall Autism will then hold a diagnostic meeting where our observations, and the information you and your child’s school have provided are discussed using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM5) to determine whether your child meets the criteria for a diagnosis of ASD and will follow this by writing a detailed report.
    • Once an outcome has been reached we will contact you (via phone or video link) to discuss our findings and any recommendations we may have. We will then send out our report to you.
    How much for an online ASD assessment
Hybrid Assessment: Online and Face-to-Face

This is the best of both worlds!  This assessment options involves us gathering a developmental history from you, the parents, via phone or video call which can take up to 3 hours, we will then have a face-to-face appointment with your child during which the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2 (ADOS 2) will be administered, lasting around an hour to an hour and a half. This assessment can take place in our clinic room at the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre, Truro, or a home visit can be provided; we will of course make these sessions as Covid-safe as possible, see our Covid-19 page for more information.

As with our online offer once the assessment has taken place full clinical discussion about your child’s presentation will take place using the DSM5 to determine whether the threshold for a diagnosis of ASD has been met. Once an outcome has been reached we will write a full clinical report which will include recommendations for your child. See below for more detail on our Hybrid private autism assessment.

  • Hybrid (duplicate)

    EASY SELF-REFERRAL FOR OUR HYBRID ASSESSMENT

    • Simply contact us via email to refer your child for a private ASD assessment from Cornwall Autism.

    FREE INITIAL INFORMATION GATHERING AND SCREENING

    • Once we have received your email we will start to gather information from you to determine if an assessment from Cornwall Autism is appropriate for your child. We will also seek to get more information by giving you a form for your child’s school (or possibly someone else who knows your child if they are not currently attending an education setting) to complete. This will enable us to develop a clear picture of how your child functions in different settings. We also have the option to administer the Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ), a standardised ASD questionnaire which again will guide us regarding whether proceeding with a private ASD assessment is appropriate for your child.
    • If at this point we do not think an assessment from Cornwall Autism is right for your child, for instance if there is not enough evidence of ASD or if your child’s presentation is complex we will signpost you to appropriate support, including local NHS and council services. 
    • If we all agree that a private ASD assessment could be helpful we will discuss with you which assessment option would be best suited to your family. We will then arrange a date and time that is convenient for you for the next stage of our assessment.

    THE HYBRID ASSESSMENT

    • We will arrange a time to meet with you either online via a secure video platform or on the phone, whatever is your preference, to gather information on your child’s presentation and to get a detailed developmental history.  This assessment can take up to 3 hours.  We will also arrange a date to meet with you and your child either at your home or at the therapy rooms we use in Cornwall, which ever is most convenient for you. We will spend a few minutes initially with you all together to introduce ourselves and ask you all some general questions. We will then ask you to separate from your child and wait in the comfortable waiting area whilst one of our clinicians spends time with your child in order to carry out an ADOS assessment. If you are worried that your child will not be happy to spend time alone with a clinician you can stay with your child; we would just ask that you do not participate in the discussions or assessment tasks as this will influence the results and it is important that we are able to see how your child engages without the influence of other people.
    • Once both assessments have taken place we at Cornwall Autism will then hold a diagnostic meeting where our observations, and the information you and your child’s school have provided are discussed using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM5) to determine whether your child meets the criteria for a diagnosis of ASD and will follow this by writing a detailed report.
    • Once an outcome has been reached we will contact you (via phone) to discuss our findings and any recommendations we may have. We will then send out our report to you.
    How much for a hybrid ASD assessment?
  • Face to Face Assessment

If an online or hybrid assessment is not a viable option for you Cornwall Autism are also able to provide a fully face-to-face option.  This will involve us meeting with you and your child at our clinic rooms for one session, during which a parental interview will take place whilst your child is assessed using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2 (ADOS 2).  See our Covid-19 page for more information on how we will keep you safe during this assessment.

As with our online and hybrid offer once the assessment has taken place full clinical discussion about your child’s presentation will take place using the DSM5 to determine whether the threshold for a diagnosis of ASD has been met. Once an outcome has been reached we will write a full clinical report which will include recommendations for your child. See below for more detail on our face-to-face private autism assessment.

  • face to face detail

    EASY SELF-REFERRAL FOR OUR FACE-TO-FACE ASSESSMENT

    • Simply contact us via email to refer your child for a private ASD assessment from Cornwall Autism.

    FREE INITIAL INFORMATION GATHERING AND SCREENING

    • Once we have received your email we will start to gather information from you to determine if an assessment from Cornwall Autism is appropriate for your child. We will also seek to get more information by giving you a form for your child’s school (or possibly someone else who knows your child if they are not currently attending an education setting) to complete. This will enable us to develop a clear picture of how your child functions in different settings. We also have the option to administer the Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ), a standardised ASD questionnaire which again will guide us regarding whether proceeding with a private ASD assessment is appropriate for your child.
    • If at this point we do not think an assessment from Cornwall Autism is right for your child, for instance if there is not enough evidence of ASD or if your child’s presentation is complex we will signpost you to appropriate support, including local NHS and council services. 
    • If we all agree that a private ASD assessment could be helpful we will discuss with you which assessment option would be best suited to your family. We will then arrange a date and time that is convenient for you for the next stage of our assessment.

    THE FACE-TO-FACE ASSESSMENT

    • We will arrange a time to meet with you and your child in the therapy rooms we use in Cornwall. We will spend a few minutes initially with you all together to introduce ourselves and ask you all some general questions. We will then separate so that one clinician can talk to you (as parents or guardians) in order to gather detailed history. The other clinician will spend time with your child to carry out an ADOS assessment. If you are worried that your child will not be happy to spend time alone with a clinician, you can ask someone else to come along to be in the same room as them; we would just ask that they do not participate in the discussions or assessment tasks as this will influence the results and it is important that we are able to see how your child engages without the influence of other people.
    • Cornwall Autism will then hold a diagnostic meeting where our observations, and the information you and your child’s school have provided are discussed using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM5) to determine whether your child meets the criteria for a diagnosis of ASD and will follow this by writing a detailed report.
    • Once an outcome has been reached we will contact you (via phone or video link) to discuss our findings and any recommendations we may have. We will then send out our report to you.
    How much for a face to face ASD assessment?
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.