Autism is a lifelong condition that affects the way a person communicates, relates to others, and behaves.
Children with autism may have difficulty with:
Repetitive and/or restrictive behaviours
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.