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
Do Autism Hampshire recommend anyone in particular? I vaguely remember you saying you had an initial consultation somewhere and they didn't think you had ASC or did I get that wrong? :)
Yep the psychologist from another company said you make eye contact and went to school so dont bother with a full assessment!
autism hampshire have recommended h&s and 3 counties. Just worried about taking the cheaper route and it not being valid or something!
What a load of pants!! I make eye contact, it's something you learn to make yourself do (and so does my son). Also, I went to school,college and University. The education thing shows their ignorance especially as people with Asperger's have average or about average IQ (My son got 11 A* GCSE and 4 A's at A-level, so this proves the school thing is a load of cr*p).
Don't forget that you'll get an initial consultation for £175 and you would hope that if they agree to the full assessment, then they would just be confirming their suspicions, based on the supplied forms (AQ & EQ etc) and the interview???.
H&s charge £265 for the initial and then £1505 for the full.
Both h&s and the mental health therapist use aq and eq etc at the initial stage whereas the psychologist i saw from somewhere else didnt use any forms.
i wish i could have told her what i thought she was saying was a load of rubbish but I’m never good with words especially not in person, never mind.
Better make an appointment then !! :) and hopefully better luck this time ????