Diagnostic questionnaires sent, collated and analysed.
An online mental health screening
An online diagnostic interview with an HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist.
A full diagnostic report with recommendations for aftercare.
A post-diagnosis online session with a member of the RTN team.
How does Autism look like?
Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that impacts how a person perceives and socialises with others. It can cause problems in social interaction and communication.
Signs someone is Autistic:
Social communication challenges e.g. spoken language, gestures, eye contact, facial expressions, tone of voice, expressions not meant to be taken literally
Other social challenges e.g. recognising emotions and intentions in others, recognising one's own emotions, expressing emotions, seeking emotional comfort from others, feeling overwhelmed in social situations, taking turns in conversation, gauging personal space
Restricted and repetitive behaviours e.g. repetitive body movements, repetitive motions with objects, staring at lights or spinning objects, ritualistic behaviours, narrow or extreme interests in specific topics, need for unvarying routine
What causes Autism?
We are not completely sure.
Evidence suggests that autism may be genetic. It is not thought to be caused by environmental factors, nor is there any link between autism and vaccines.
Why get a diagnosis?
For adults a diagnosis can help you understand why you might find some things harder than other people. It might help you explain to others why you see and feel the world in a different way. It may also help you get support at university or work.
Diagnosis in children can help parents understand the child's needs and how you can best support them. It can also help get access to supplementary support at school. It may also help getting access to further support for parents and carers such as financial benefits.
Autism is a lifelong condition and the concept of a cure is controversial for many autistic people and their families, however, there are a range of approaches that can support autistic people to reach their full potential. Autism is complex and what helps one person may not help others, so it is vital that each person has an individual support plan adapted to their specific needs. Such support may include:
Life coach sessions
Organisation skills training
Adaptations to a classroom or office environments
Those diagnosed with autism may experience the following:
Hyperlexia - Learning to read at a very early age.
Memory - The ability to memorise and assimilate information quickly.
Visual learning - the ability to think and learn in a visual way.
Logical thinking - the ability to think logically and rationally.
Precision - an excellent eye for detail.
Honesty - exceptional honesty and reliability.
Concentration - the ability to concentrate for long periods of time when motivated.
Problem-solving - a capability for problem-solving and thinking of multiple ways to logically get to a satisfactory conclusion.