AUTISM Assessment and Diagnosis

Autism: Understanding and Care at ORO Mental Health

Key Facts

  • Autism, also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), encompasses a diverse array of conditions related to brain development.
  • Approximately 1 in 100 children is affected by autism.
  • While characteristics of autism may manifest in early childhood, diagnosis often occurs later.
  • The abilities and needs of individuals with autism vary, ranging from independence to requiring lifelong care and support.
  • Evidence-based psychosocial interventions can enhance communication and social skills, positively impacting the well-being of autistic individuals and their caregivers.
  • Community and societal actions are essential for greater accessibility, inclusivity, and support for individuals with autism.


Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) represent a varied spectrum of conditions characterized by challenges in social interaction, communication, and atypical patterns of behaviors. These characteristics may include difficulty transitioning between activities, a focus on details, and unusual responses to sensory stimuli.

At ORO Mental Health, we recognize the diverse abilities and evolving needs of individuals with autism. While some individuals can lead independent lives, others require lifelong care and support. Autism can affect educational and employment opportunities, placing significant demands on families providing care. Societal attitudes and support systems play crucial roles in determining the quality of life for individuals with autism.

While signs of autism may be noticeable in early childhood, diagnosis often occurs later, impacting access to timely interventions and support services.

Individuals with autism may also experience co-occurring conditions such as epilepsy, depression, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), along with challenging behaviors like difficulty sleeping and self-injury. The level of intellectual functioning among autistic individuals varies widely.


Globally, an estimated 1 in 100 children is affected by autism, though prevalence rates vary across studies and regions. The prevalence in many low- and middle-income countries remains unknown.


Current scientific evidence suggests that multiple factors, including environmental and genetic factors, contribute to the likelihood of autism. Extensive research has consistently debunked the myth that childhood vaccines, including the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, cause autism. Studies suggesting a link were flawed, and subsequent research has reaffirmed the safety of vaccines.

Assessment and Care

At ORO Mental Health, we offer a range of interventions tailored to optimize the development, health, and well-being of individuals with autism. Timely access to evidence-based psychosocial interventions, starting from early childhood, can enhance communication and social interaction skills.

Upon diagnosis, individuals with autism and their caregivers receive comprehensive information, services, referrals, and practical support based on their unique needs and preferences. Our integrated services encompass health promotion, care, and rehabilitation, collaborating with other sectors such as education, employment, and social care.

We emphasize the importance of designing interventions with the participation of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Furthermore, we advocate for community and societal actions to foster greater accessibility, inclusivity, and support for individuals with autism.

Discover Private Autism Assessments at ORO Mental Health

At ORO Mental Health, we offer private autism assessments for both children and adults who exhibit signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Our assessments are conducted by qualified psychiatrists, psychologists, or therapists who are experts in the field of autism diagnosis and support. We understand the importance of timely assessment and personalized care, which is why we strive to provide efficient services tailored to your specific needs.

Why Choose ORO Mental Health for a Private Autism Assessment?

  • No Need for GP Referral: You can access our services directly without the need for a referral from your GP.
  • Prompt Appointments: We aim to schedule your appointment within 2 weeks of your initial enquiry, ensuring a timely assessment process.
  • Comprehensive Outcome Report: Following the assessment, we provide a detailed outcome report based on NHS and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) standards. This report includes recommendations for further support and can be shared with relevant parties, including schools for children and young people.

How to Initiate a Private Autism Assessment at ORO Mental Health

There are three main pathways to start the autism assessment process with us:

  • Fast Access to Therapy Service: If you meet the eligibility criteria for our fast access to therapy service, we can assess during this session whether autism may be present and initiate the assessment process accordingly.
  • Therapist Referral: If you're already receiving therapy with us and your therapist observes behaviors or responses suggestive of autism, they can initiate the assessment process for you.
  • Psychiatrist Referral: If you're receiving treatment for complex mental health needs and it's recommended that you see a psychiatrist, your psychiatrist can explore your symptoms and behaviors and refer you for an autism assessment as part of your treatment plan.

What to Expect in an Autism Assessment at ORO Mental Health

Our autism assessment process comprises several components:

  • Initial Screening: We conduct an initial screening using tools like the Autism Spectrum Quotient Test (AQ-10) to determine the appropriateness of a full autism assessment.
  • Diagnostic Tools: We utilize specific diagnostic tools such as the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO), the Developmental, Dimensional, and Diagnostic Interview (3Di), or the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) to explore developmental history.
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS): This involves observing and assessing autism traits through a structured observation session conducted by two specialists.
  • Multidisciplinary Team Meeting: Our team meets to formalize the diagnosis and agree on the assessment outcomes.
  • Detailed Outcome Report: We provide a comprehensive outcome report detailing the assessment findings and recommendations for further support.
  • Feedback Meeting: We offer a feedback meeting to discuss the assessment outcomes and provide recommendations for ongoing support.

Pricing for Treatment:

Adult ADHD Assessment and Treatment

Cost: £1,200.00
Initial diagnostic assessment and report writing typically take 1.5-2 hours. Clients may opt for an additional 30-minute feedback session.

Child/CAMHS ADHD Assessment and Treatment

Cost: £2,100.00
Initial diagnostic assessment and report writing typically take 1.5-2 hours. Clients may opt for an additional 30-minute feedback session.

Adult ASD Assessment and Treatment

Cost: £2,500.00
Comprehensive evaluation conducted by a dedicated clinical team, including online or face-to-face observational assessments like the ADOS-2. Followed by a multi-disciplinary team review, telephone feedback session, and detailed report with recommendations.

CAMHS ASD Assessment and Treatment

Cost: £2,500.00
Comprehensive assessment including ADOS assessment, ADI-R assessments, MDT meeting, report compilation, and feedback session.

Review and Follow-Up Sessions:

Costs: £275 for 30 minutes, £475 for 1 hour

Following the assessment, review and follow-up sessions ensure ongoing support and care for patients and families.

Ready to take the next step? We invite patients and families to fill out our contact form on our website. Our team will reach out promptly to discuss your needs and make arrangements for a personalized consultation. Let's embark on this journey together towards improved mental well-being.




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