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Adult Neurodevelopmental Assessment 

What to expect and how to prepare for your Neurodevelopmental Assessment 

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ADHD Assessment

What appointments will be offered?  

The Child ADHD assessment involves a structured assessment using a clinical interview with an informant and the child / young person. The interview is guided by an assessment tool called the Diagnostic Interview for ADHD in adults  (DIVA-5). The appointments are as follows: 

Appointment 1 - up to 1.5 Hours: This is a clinical interview with you. In this appointment you will both be asked questions about symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity / impulsivity. This appointment can be face to face or online but we do ask that one of your appointments is face to face, if possible. 

Appointment 2 - up to 1.5 Hours: An additional appointment will be offered to an informant of your choice. They will be asked questions about symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity / impulsivity. They will be sent a questionnaire prior to the appointment to help them to reflect on the areas that they will be asked about in the assessment. This must be completed before the appointment. This appointment can be face to face or online.

Appointment 3 - up to 40 minutesYou will be offered an appointment called a QbCheck. This is a 20 minute computerised test, which involves looking at images on a screen and identifying certain patterns in the shapes that you see. This can be done face to face in clinic or online.  

Who can be a Primary Informant? 

An ideal informant will be someone who has knowledge of you as a  child / young person including your developmental history. This could be a parent, grandparent, carer, or anyone else assigned parental responsibility. If this is not feasible for any reason, we can consider alternatives such as friends, colleagues, partners etc. 

How to Prepare as an Informant: 

If they have access to any old school or nursery reports it would be useful to review them before the appointment. Similarly, if you have a red book. It can be helpful for them to look at photos of you during different stages of your development as this can help to jog your memory. It will also help to complete all of the questionnaires sent, as this will prepare you for the questions that will be asked.

 

What if I do not have an informant or they are not reliable? 

If you are unable to find an informant who is suitable, please let us know and we can consider alternatives. Any other sources of information, such as school reports, can be used. We also include objective information via the QbCheck which can support diagnosis in this case.  

If opting for online appointments; please ensure you have downloaded Teams and you arrive on time to ensure the assessing clinician can complete the assessment. 

All Face to Face appointments will be at our Clinic: 59 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2BD. Please confirm the room number before your arrival.

Autism Assessment

What appointments will be offered?  

The Autism assessment involves a structured assessment using a clinical interview with an informant who has a good understanding of your developmental history. It also involves a structured observation, where you will be asked questions and will be required to complete a series of tasks. The appointments are as follows (not necessarily in this order)

Appointment 1 (ADI-R) - up to 3 hours: This is an appointment for the Informant only. In this appointment, the informant will be asked questions about your developmental history.  This can be face to face or online. If there is more than one informant i.e. both parents or a parent a grandparent, this can also be helpful. 

Appointment 2 (ADOS-2)- up to 1.5 Hours: This is an appointment for the child / young person. If they would like a parent / carer to stay, they are welcome to observe but are encouraged not to interact where possible during the assessment. 

Who can be a Primary Informant? 

An ideal informant will be someone who has knowledge of you and your development. This could be a parent, grandparent, carer, aunt / uncle, close family friend, or anyone else assigned parental responsibility. 

How to Prepare as an Informant: 

If you have access to any old school or nursery reports it would be useful for them to review them before the appointment. Similarly, if you have a red book. It can be helpful to if they look at photos of you during different stages of your development, as this can help to jog their memory. The informant will be asked lots of questions about you when you were aged between 4-5 years old. If they have any information from around this time (e.g. school reports, psychology reports, speech and language reports) it would be very helpful to bring these to the appointment.

What if I do not have an informant or they are not reliable? 

If you are unable to find an informant who is suitable, please let us know and we can consider alternatives. Any other sources of information, such as school reports, medical reports etc. can be used. 

If opting for online appointments; please ensure you have downloaded Teams and you arrive on time to ensure the assessing clinician can complete the assessment. 

All Face to Face appointments will be at our Clinic: 59 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2BD. Please confirm the room number before your arrival.

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Full Neurodevelopmental Assessment

What appointments will be offered?  

The Full Neurodevelopmental Assessment involves all of the components of an ADHD assessment and an Autism Assessment. The appointments are as follows (not necessarily in this order).  

Appointment 1 (ADI-R) - up to 3 hours: This is an appointment with the Informant only. In this appointment, the informant will be asked questions about your developmental history.  This can be face to face or online. More than one informant can attend.  

Appointment 2 (ADOS-2)- up to 1.5 Hours: This is an appointment for you to attend. This involves a structured observation, where you will be asked questions and will be required to complete a series of tasks. This is face to face. 

Appointment 3 - up to 40 minutesYou will be offered an appointment called a QbCheck. This is a 20 minute computerised test, which involves looking at images on a screen and identifying certain patterns and responding. This can be done face to face in clinic or online. 

 

Appointment 4 - up to 1.5 Hours: This is a clinical interview with you. In this appointment you will be asked questions about symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity / impulsivity. We will send your Informant a questionnaire to get their observations. We may require a clinical interview with them if we need to gather further information.  

Who can be a Primary Informant? 

An ideal informant will be someone who has a good knowledge of you and ideally your developmental history. This could be a parent, grandparent, an aunt / uncle, close family friend, carer, or anyone else with parental responsibility. If this is not feasible for any reason, we can consider alternatives such as friends, colleagues, partners etc. 

How to Prepare as an Informant: 

If they access to any old school or nursery reports it would be useful to review them before the appointment. Similarly, if you have a red book. It can be helpful to look at photos of you during different stages of your development, as this can help to jog their memory. The informant will be asked lots of questions about you when you  were aged between 4-5 years. If you have any information from around this time (e.g. school reports, psychology reports, speech and language reports) it would be very helpful to bring these to the appointment. 

What if I do not have an informant or they are not reliable? 

If you are unable to find an informant who is suitable, please let us know and we can consider alternatives. This can include friends, colleagues, partners etc. Any other sources of information, such as school reports, medical reports etc. can be used. We also include objective information via the QbCheck which can support diagnosis in this case.

If opting for online appointments; please ensure you have downloaded Teams and you arrive on time to ensure the assessing clinician can complete the assessment. 

Please note, additional appointments may be required if further information is needed. 

All Face to Face appointments will be at our Clinic: 59 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2BD. Please confirm the room number before your arrival.

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