At LCP, we believe strongly in multidisciplinary working. In addition to Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy services, we also work with other professionals to provide specialist assessments that help support families and schools, and where appropriate, inform our therapy.
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This is a multi-disciplinary clinic carried out by a Consultant Paediatrician specialising in Child Development/Neurodisability, a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, and a Specialist Occupational Therapist. This clinic involves three separate assessments – the General Development Assessment will be conducted first, and the Consultant Paediatrician will then determine if further assessment is warranted. The additional assessments typically take place on a different day.
The Autism Diagnostic Clinic consists of the following:
General Developmental Assessment
This is carried out by a Consultant Paediatrician in Child Development/Neurodisability. The Paediatrician will discuss your child’s needs and your concerns with you. They will carry out semi-structured play and assessment activities designed to evaluate your child’s physical, cognitive, speech/language and social development, alongside any potential medical needs. Following this assessment they will provide recommendations and advice. This may involve further assessments/referrals to other professionals. The Paediatrician may or may not advise you to proceed with the remaining assessments within the Autism Diagnostic Clinic depending on the results of this assessment.
Structured Parent Interview (ADI-R) or (3Di)
This is a structured interview conducted by our Consultant Paediatrician with the parents/carers of individuals who have been referred for the evaluation of possible Autism Spectrum Disorder. This interview is used for diagnostic purposes, and measures behaviour in the areas of reciprocal social interaction, communication and language, and patterns of behaviour. The interview covers the referred individual’s full developmental history, and generally takes one to two hours. The caregivers are asked questions, spanning the three main behavioural areas, about either the individual’s current behaviour or behaviour at a certain point in time. Your child is not required to attend this appointment.
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition (ADOS-2)
The ADOS-2 is administered by a therapist specialising in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders and social communication. The ADOS-2 involves observing your child engaging in various assessment tasks with the therapists. These are standardised activities that allow the examiner to observe the occurrence or non-occurrence of behaviours that have been identified as important to the diagnosis of autism and other pervasive developmental disorders across developmental levels and chronological ages. The therapistswill score the ADOS-2 and feed these results back to the Consultant Paediatrician, who will then combine the results from all three assessments and make a diagnosis as indicated. You will be provided with a written report.
Educational psychologists are both psychologists and qualified teachers who undertake specific post graduate training in educational psychology. They have an in-depth understanding of the educational and psychological needs of children and young people both at home and within school. All our educational psychologists are experienced practitioners and all hold chartered status with the British Psychological Society.
Our psychology team offers a full range of services for children and young people of all ages. We can also offer psychology as part of a multi-disciplinary service in partnership with other professionals working at the London Children’s Practice.
Our Educational Psychologists specialise in:
- Learning difficulties
- Specific learning difficulties (including dyslexia)
- Language and Communication
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders and related social communication disorders
- Neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD
- Asperger Syndrome
- Medico-legal work, including tribunals
- Our psychologists are also involved in training and research.
Educational Psychology Assessments
When required, our educational psychologists carry out detailed assessments to determine the nature of a child’s difficulties and then suggest a plan of intervention which may involve both parents and school. Where necessary, we can also link to other services provided within LCP, such as speech and language therapy, to provide a proactive individualised intervention service for each child.
We also offer a consultation service to parents and professionals and provide a range of services specifically for schools. Assessments and consultations are generally carried out within the practice but home- or school-based assessments can be offered when the need arises. Email and telephone consultations are also available.
The Educational Psychology assessments we provide include:
- Assessment (including developmental and IQ assessments and/or academic learning assessment)
- Diagnostic Assessment
- Assessment and Planning of intervention programmes for overseas families
- Assessment for Examination Special Arrangements
- Assessment for and representation at Special Educational Needs Tribunals
- Medico-legal reports and assessments
- Attendance at reviews and advice to schools
- Advice & Intervention for behaviour problems in school and at home
- Social Skills Training
- Anger Management Training
- Individual therapy and counselling
- Training workshops and Advice to schools
- Parent and Family workshops
Assessment of Dyslexia/Dyscalculia
If purely an assessment for dyslexia and/or dyscalculia is sought, a full Educational Psychology assessment may not be required. We work with a Specialist Dyslexia Assessor who is also a qualified Dyslexia Specialist Teacher with The Professional Association for Teachers and Assessors of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (PATOSS). She is able to assess children between the ages of 7-11.
General Developmental Assessments
Our Consultant Paediatrician also provides consultations and assessments around general child development. These assessments usually consist of an examination of the child, as well as an interview with the parents, to discuss your child’s developments and needs. Our paediatrician is then able to refer your child for further services if required.