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Autism Assessments

Multi-disciplinary autism assessment service for children, young people and adults.  

Autism Assessments provides high quality autism assessments from the comfort of your own home. In offering remote appointments we are able to provide a nationwide autism assessment service. We can, in some circumstances, offer face to face appointments for children within the Merseyside area. Please do get in touch to find out more. 


Our Ethos


We are proud to provide progressive, neurodiversity affirmative autism assessments across the lifespan in a kind and respectful space.  


Our approach is fully collaborative and informed by an understanding of neurodiversity and individual neurodivergence. We will support you every step of the way so that you and/or your child are aware of what is involved in the process. Autistic voice, culture, and identity is at the heart of everything we do. The process aims to recognise and identify autistic experience alongside celebrating and capitalising on strengths and individual qualities. This understanding is then used to  better understand and inform any necessary support needs. 


Assessments are bespoke to each person and their unique experiences and circumstances. They are conducted through detailed and collaborative clinical interviews and observations. Whilst clinicians are trained in a range of evidence-based assessment tools, it is recognised that these alone do not always recognise the diversity of autistic experience. As such, we also draw on autistic led research and publications. This is to ensure that all the ways in which autistic experience can present is captured and considered (such as masking).  


Negative and medical model language is avoided. There is a focus on strength as well as difference and disability, e.g. in the areas of how someone prefers to communicate and relate to others, how they experience the world from a sensory perspective, their passions and interests, and thought processes.

At autism assessments we are committed to ensuring a thorough and considered assessment for our clients from all demographics. We have a special interest in autism in women and girls and have extensive experience in offering assessments to this population. NB: 'assessment' is used for clarity, however it is recognised that terminology is ever evolving and our process is seen as a collaborative exploration of identity.

 About Us

We are a team of highly skilled clinicians with a combined 25 years' worth of experience in autism assessment and post diagnostic support. Our team is led by a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and a Clinical Psychologist. Our team is registered with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Assessments are conducted in line with best practice guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).  


Autism Assessments was founded in order to provide respectful, neurodiversity affirming autism assessments. The team are passionate about advocating for and providing strength based and trauma informed therapeutic and assessment approaches that are respectful to neurodivergence, autistic differences and sensory processing differences.  


The team have extensive experience in autism assessment and diagnosis. They are trained in 'standardised' autism assessment tools including the ADOS-2 (autism diagnostic observation schedule), ADI-r (autism diagnostic interview) and Autism Clinical Interview - Adults (ACIA). The team draw on their experience and clinical skills to meet individual needs, whilst also adhering to DSM-5 and NICE guidance in regard to autism assessment and diagnosis.  This means that each assessment is bespoke, and accounts for the diversity of autistic experience. 


Clinical leads have oversight of every child and adult seen by the service and are responsible for maintaining the high quality of the assessment process.

Assessment Process

What Can You Expect

Free Telephone Consultation

Once you have contacted us, we will aim to respond within two working days to set up an initial 20-minute screening call via telephone. This call is free. It serves as an opportunity for us to ascertain if we are the right service for you and for you to ask any questions you may have about the assessment process.  


If we’ve established that we are the right fit for you, we will send over our terms and conditions for you to sign and proceed with booking your assessment appointments.

Your Appointments

Step 1: Questionnaire

Prior to your appointments, you will be sent some questionnaires and consent forms to complete. For children, we will also send their school a questionnaire to complete. Once all of this information has been returned we can then move forward with booking your appointments. NB: all forms of communication preferences are recognised and so written questionnaires can be adapted accordingly. 


Step 2: Direct Appointments

This comprises of 2 direct appointments. Ahead of your appointments, you will be sent two appointment links, one appointment will be a direct session with the individual (this is usually conversation based and aims to gather information about the person’s communication style and preferences and their lived experiences). The other appointment will be a history gathering session with someone who knows the person being assessed for autism well, for example, their parent(s).  

Step 3: Multi-disciplinary team discussion

Following your direct appointments, the team will meet to discuss and review all information gathered, alongside the diagnostic criteria for autism (Diagnostic Statistical Manual, 5 DSM 5) to consider your information and whether this aligns with autistic experience. This team comprises of least 2 professionals from 2 different professional backgrounds (Clinical Psychologist and Speech and Language Therapist).

Step 4: Outcome Meeting

The outcome of the assessment will be shared with you and explained. Following this, you will be provided with a report which will include details regarding the assessment including the outcome.

We aim to facilitate both sessions at the same time or in close succession. This allows us to complete our assessments, and provide you with an outcome, sometimes on the same day, however, please be aware that in a very small number of cases we may need to take a little longer to conclude. 

Assessment Cost

For assessments with children, we charge a typical rate of £2200 per multidisciplinary autism assessment. Adult autism assessments cost between £1500 - £1800; costings for adult assessments vary depending on the type of assessment completed. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information regarding any of our costings. 


This typically includes: 

  • Review of any existing reports 

  • Liaison with other professionals if this is necessary and/or appropriate 

  • Information from school (for children) 

  • Detailed and structured developmental history interview 

  • Direct observation  

  • Clinical interview to gather direct reports of lived experience 

  • Feedback  

  • Comprehensive multi-disciplinary report with recommendations 


Payment options will be discussed in your screening call. You will also be provided with a plan for what topics you will be covered in each session.

Will a private autism assessment be recognised? 

Healthcare Settings

Autism Assessments follow NICE guidelines and all clinicians are trained and experienced in identifying autistic experience (having carried out thousands of autism assessments within NHS and private healthcare sectors across the UK). All clinicians within Autism Assessments adhere to the same standards of care and professional conduct as services within the NHS. Therefore an Autism Assessment outcome is as credible as an NHS assessment/diagnosis. 


There is no legal basis for a private autism assessment to be rejected by the local authority. Statutory government guidance (the SEND code of practice 2015) stipulates that the local authority should take into consideration evidence from clinicians and relevant health care professionals. Autism Assessments strictly adhere to National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines. We use an internationally recognised diagnostic criteria (DSM 5) when facilitating all of our clinical autism assessments. It would be suggestive that the local authority was breaching the SEND code of practice (2015) should it refuse to accept an assessment which followed these guidelines.


Contact Us

If you would like more information then please do not hesitate to contact

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