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School Children

Autism

Autism is a lifelong condition that affects the way a person communicates, relates to others, and behaves. 

Children with autism may have difficulty with:

  • Social interaction 

  • Repetitive and/or restrictive behaviours

  • Sensory difficulties 

Each child with autism is different. Children with autism can be supported in school by creating an individualized education plan that fits the needs of the child.

Our Services

Telephone Discussion

Telephone

This is a telephone consultation with a doctor, usually lasting half an hour to discuss your concerns and help you decide on where to go from here.  

We start all new assessments with a telephone discussion, after receiving your pre-assessment questionnaires.

 

At this appointment we aim to discuss your child's difficulties and work out the best way forward in terms of what assessment is required, before you commit to any particular assessment.

Autism Assessment

Consultation room
Litfield exterior

Assessments for Autism are held at Litfield House.

Before your consultation we gather information on your child via standardised online questionnaires from yourself and from your child's school or educational placement.   

We then complete assessments for autism over two appointments.

 

At the first appointment you will meet one of our team for an autism assessment over the course of a morning, including an ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) and a review of your child's educational and medical history.  

The second appointment will be with a Consultant and will usually last for 90 minutes and include a full medical history, physical examination and will conclude the assessment.

All assessments are completed under NICE guidelines and include a full written report outlining your child's strength's, needs, symptoms matched to DSM-V criteria and an  individualised care plan.

 

Educational Support

teacher teaching

Many parents, having completed an assessment for autism are want to know how this can be used to make a positive difference in their child's education.

 

BICP offers 1:1 educational support sessions for children with teachers with experience of working with children with neurodiversity and creating plans to enable children to perform at the best of their ability. 

Supporting sensory difficulties

Antistress Sensory Toy

Children with Autism often have difficulties with understanding and interpreting sensory inputs, in fact this is one of the diagnostic criteria for autism. 

Understanding a child's sensory needs is vital in creating an environments where they are calm and ready to learn. 

At bicp our occupational therapists have experience with creating sensory plans for children with autism. 

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