Our Autism Profiling is designed to help individuals who have autism, aspergers or neurodiversity understand themselves better and move forward in life, work or education. It is also an invaluable way for parents, carers or teachers of autistic young people to understand and therefore manage their child or student better. You can be confident that you will receive a supreme level of understanding and sensitivity to any circumstances prompting the need for an Autism Profile. Collaboration with us during the process is encouraged.
Our Autism Profiling is undertaken by our autistic Director, Dr Elizabeth Guest (BSc, PhD, PGCHE). It is an innovative, impartial service which is informed not only by autism research but by personal experience and the experiences of the autistic adults to whom we provide services.
The service is bespoke but for general guidance it can include:
- Initial evaluation of the situation by speaking to both the autistic or neurodivergent young person or adult and their parent/s, carer, teacher or social worker to hear both views. This can be done together or separately, depending on the child or adult’s wishes, subject matter, and the quality of relationship between the person being profiled and others involved.
- The assessment involves creating an autism profile or neurodiversity profile of the child or adult. This is obtained by simply asking questions to explore various topics such as interests, strengths, and difficulties. This profile includes:
- a sensory profile
- a cognitive profile which includes learning preferences and thinking styles
- a profile of executive functioning
- various other things depending on the reason for the autism profile such as
- an assessment of social functioning,
- an assessment of what would be required to help the child or adult move forward,
- an assessment of what behaviour is due to autism/neurodiversity and what is due to personality.
- A Meeting to discuss immediate recommendations with the parent/s, carer, teacher or social worker. The individual may attend this meeting as well, depending on circumstances.
- A detailed written report detailing the findings of the assessment. This describes the various aspects of the profile and makes recommendations.
We encourage those involved to send us any relevant medical reports before the assessment, if they have them. This can reduce pressure at the assessment.
Both the parent/s, carer, teacher or social worker and the individual are invited to comment on the report to ensure factual accuracy and compliance with any confidentiality issues. Once comments are received, we produce a final report. This usually takes up to 2 weeks. Note lines of communication are kept open during the report writing stage within reason.
Please note that our service is very bespoke and the above may be adapted on the day depending on relevance. Note that we will always consult both the individual and the parent/s, carer, teacher or social worker to get both views before writing a report.
The Autism or Neurodiversity Profile will last up to 4 hours.
It is a small investment that will deliver tremendous benefits.