Autism Diagnosis for Children under 18
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s CAMHS service manages the Autism Assessment Pathway, which assesses whether a child or young person has an autism spectrum condition.
Click here for full details of the Pathway process and the Trust’s Autism Assessment Team.
The wait for an assessment is 18 to 24 months. Parents and carers are welcome to attend our workshops once their child has been accepted on the CAMHS waiting list.
Berkshire CAMHS has produced this short video outlining the assessment process, to help parents and children
If you have concerns that a child may have autism, speak to your GP, health visitor or, if the child is attending school, a teacher. All these professionals will be able to refer you for further advice.
If your child is on the Berkshire CAMHS waiting list for an autism assessment appointment, you can attend our NAS Autism Seminars for Families, which provide practical advice and strategies to use while you wait. These workshops are free of charge to participants, thanks to funding from the Berkshire NHS clinical commissioning groups.
Click here for more details of these workshops and other pre-assessment support we offer to parents and carers.
Autism Diagnosis for Adults
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust also provides an assessment service for adults who think that they may have an autism spectrum condition and have been referred by their GP. For details, click here
We do not recommend private diagnosis but if you decide to follow this course, there are a number of local private providers. Please make sure that you consult someone who is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Every Mind Child Psychology provides diagnostic assessments, ongoing support and therapy for autistic children and teenagers under 18 years of age. Dr Liz Dawes and her team have extensive experience in autism diagnosis of children and supporting children to understand their diagnosis from a strengths perspective, as well as providing one to one therapy for children and therapy for families.
Every Mind diagnostic assessments are comprehensive and follow best practice. Fees for assessments range from £1,600 to £2,400 (September 2021). Every Mind’s clinic is in Spencers Wood, just south of Reading.
Clinical psychologists Anne Jeavons and Dr Katie Bebb, who both have many years’ experience assessing adults for autism spectrum conditions and/or ADHD in the NHS and privately, offer assessment services in Reading. Please note that they only assess adult clients, aged 18 and above.
Fees for autism assessments in April 2021 were from £1,050 and a combined autism and ADHD assessment from £1,400. An assessment for ADHD was from £650.
- For more details and to arrange appointments with Anne Jeavons, email email@example.com or call 07801 264489.
- For appointments with Dr Katie Bebb, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07970 986164.
ChATS (Child Assessment and Treatment Service) provides autism and ADHD assessments for children and young people aged 5 to 18 in Berkshire and Hampshire. Clinical psychologist Dr Terri Brown and specialist neurodevelopmental nurse Stephen Chandler have extensive experience carrying out assessments for autism and/or ADHD in the NHS and privately.
Fees for autism assessments in September 2020 were £1,730 for an autism assessment and £2,000 for a combined autism and ADHD assessment.
Dr Jo Coombs, of Join Psychology, is an experienced consultant clinical psychologist offering comprehensive autism diagnostic assessments for people aged 16+. She has particular expertise in the assessment of autism in women and in differentiating autism from complex trauma and also provides post-diagnostic support and adapted psychological therapies for autistic adults and their families.
Diagnostic assessments are comprehensive and follow best practice. The fee for a full autism assessment in January 2022 was £1,850.
Oxford ADHD & Autism Centre in Headington provides autism and ADHD diagnostic services for children and adults, as well as neurodevelopmental assessments for children who may have more complex difficulties. Autism assessment fees in April 2021 were £1,900 per person for both children and adults. A combined autism and ADHD assessment for children was £2,500 per child and £2,800 for an adult.