Today it was confirmed that the waiting time for my NHS assessment is going to be 20+ months. So I’m back to looking at a private assessment again.
I was wondering if anyone could offer an opinion on private assessments and the best person to be assessed by?
I have found two routes fairly local to me:
1 - A mental health therapist who is an accredited autism assessor who uses the ADI-R and the ADOS (found this person on my local Autism recommendations directory)
2- A Chartered clinical psychologist who uses DISCO and ADOS-2 (this particular psychologist is recommended by someone on this forum)
How do I know which route to take? Are all assessments valid when trying to access support (whether that be DLA, or therapy etc)
As they are private I dont want to spend money and then find it’s not an accepted diagnosis from a therapist for example? (If I am diagnosed that is) Or because they both have autism assessment training does it make any difference? Any help would be appreciated, thank you.
Have you decided to give the "Psychologists" another go then?? :)
Well this is the thing, from autism hampshire i have also found 3 counties who come in much cheaper than h&s do so I’m just checking my options to see what would be a better route. Its the difference of about £700