Providing families across Ireland the opportunity to have a professional assessment of need in a comfortable and welcoming setting
Autism Assessment Centre Ireland was established to provide families across Ireland the opportunity to have a professional assessment of need in a comfortable and welcoming setting. Our dedicated and specialised multi-disciplinary team have over 30-years-experience in the field and will help provide clear, compassionate advice alongside a full HSE-standard assessment report. We offer a person centred, evidence based assessments for children aged 3 to 17.
The Autism Assessment Centre is part of the Servisource Group which has 25 years’ experience in the healthcare industry. Learn more about our services by clicking this link.
What services do we provide?
An Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment is a multi-step process that includes information from a variety of sources. We include background information gathered from documents like a developmental history form, previous assessment reports and information from parents during intake. We also request a written report from school personnel who know the child well. Observation data taken during interactions with the child is included as are any standardized assessment results conducted by our staff. There are two main tools used during a basic ASD assessment, the ADI-R (Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised), the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule), and Child/Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile (CSP/AASP).
ADI-R is an extended interview completed by an experienced clinician with a child’s or adult’s parent/caregiver. Information is collected from different areas of functioning to determine if there are impairments in communication and social interaction, as well as evidence of restricted and repetitive behaviours and whether these impairments and behaviours are consistent with others who have a diagnosis of ASD. The ADI-R is only one component in determining if your child has ASD.
The ADOS-2 is a semi-structured, standardised assessment of communication, social interaction, play/imagination, and restrictive and repetitive behaviours for individuals who have been referred for assessment of ASD. It consists of standard activities that allow the clinicians to observe behaviours that have been identified as important to the diagnosis of ASD according to developmental levels and chronological age. The ADOS-2 is only one component in determining if your child has ASD.
The Sensory Profile is a standardized questionnaire completed by the parent/caregiver of a young child or an Adolescent/Adult being evaluated. The Sensory Profile looks at your child’s ability to process input using their five senses – touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste. Research reports that sensory integration may be associated with an ASD diagnoses. While not all persons with ASD have difficulties with sensory integration, many children who are referred to an assessment of ASD present with a complex profile of sensory needs. We include this evaluation tool to help inform parents about the unique needs of their child.
In addition to determining a diagnosis of ASD, your child may demonstrate areas of concern commonly associated with ASD. Some children present with speech/language delays which have a negative impact on their social communication skills. Other children display problems with fine and gross motor skills and have additional diagnoses of Dyspraxia. Still other children present with difficulties in school and learning that could be addressed by an assessment of cognitive skills. To be sure that you have an accurate understanding of the unique profile of strengths and concerns for your child, we offer these additional assessments to be added as needed. We also provide:
- Occupational Therapy Assessment
- Speech and Language Therapy Assessment
- Cognitive Assessment
- Psycho-Educational Assessments
- Home/School visit
Benefits of an Assessment
We all want to help support the growth and development of our children. Sometimes providing that support can be difficult, especially if you don’t know how best help them. At Autism Assessment Centre Ireland we know that children can experience the world in many different ways and that some children have unique needs which might require extra help as they grow. Knowing what those needs might be, and how best to support them is something that an assessment of need can help with.
Peace of mind
Whatever the outcome, just knowing more can bring comfort
Greater understanding of your child’s specific needs.
Practical advice on how to better help and support your child.
Our Core Values
We understand how difficult this process can be, so we will always strive to make the process as easy and comfortable as possible.
Our team will always listen to and support the children and families who come to us.
Our clinicians are experts in their field and bring with them years of experience, advanced skills, and outstanding knowledge base.
Our assessments are carried out using standardised measures as recommended by requisite professional societies and our reports are written to meet HSE standards.
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