Autism & ADHD

Autism

There are a number of different terms used for autism based conditions, and most are collectively referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), with Asperger’s Syndrome also being a form of Autism. ASD is commonly used to cover the whole range of conditions that have in common the ‘Triad of Impairments.’ The challenges of ASD present themselves in three distinct categories – problems with language and communication, social interaction/integration, and flexibility in thinking. More commonly the Social Interaction impairment is of the most significance, as it is always evident, whether it be subtle or more obvious. You can read more about ASD here.

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ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of those conditions that everyone has heard about but might not fully understand. The most basic definition of ADHD is that it’s a disorder that is recognised by the sufferer’s chronic inability to focus on tasks or to give in to impulses that are usually associated with a negative impact on his or her life. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), is the same as ADHD, but without the hyperactivity element. ADHD can manifest itself early in life, as early as age 3. If you’re an adult then the symptoms need to have been present in your life since early childhood (age 7) to receive an ADHD diagnosis.

 

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Assessment

If you would like an assessment of ADHD/ADD, or ASD you can contact the clinic on 01865 744144 to make an appointment. Assessments are multi-disciplinary, undertaken by different professionals within the clinical team. Assessment involves a clinical interview, observations, screening tests, developmental history, reports from teachers/parents, a full cognitive assessment, and a diagnostic test. In most cases you can be given the results/feedback the same day. A detailed diagnostic report is also provided, along with recommendations.

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ASD & ADOS

All ASD assessments involve testing using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). The ADOS is a ‘gold standard test’ for diagnosing and assessing autism. It is a semi-structured assessment of communication, social interaction, and imagination for individuals suspected of having ASD or other pervasive developmental disorders. The ADOS is used to accurately assess and diagnose ASD across age, developmental level and language skills.

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ADHD & QB Test

All ADHD assessments involve a QB Test as well as a clinical interview, and other investigations. The QB Test is a computerised device that evaluates the symptoms of ADHD hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity. QB is used for children and adults, it combines motion-tracking analysis with a uniquely designed continuous performance task. It helps us accurately identify or rule out ADHD in patients aged 6-60 years.

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Treatment

People with ASD and ADHD can often experience coexisting psychological problems, like depression, anxiety, behaviour problems, poor self-esteem, and social/relationship difficulties. We can offer psychological treatment interventions for ADHD and ASD. These are based on cognitive and behavioural approaches, including coaching, and parental management. The aim of treatment is to improve the daily functioning of the person by developing optimum strategies to cope with the difficulties secondary to their diagnosis.

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