Unhealthy Anger

Could Be a Symptom of Autism

Many autistic individuals express their anger more aggressively than those without autism. Over the past 20 years, I have helped many young people manage their anger better. Many of those young people were showing signs of autism, but those autistic traits weren't 'obvious' enough to warrant an autism assessment. Instead, they were the 'naughty kid' and referred to me for anger management.

 

The thing is, they're not displaying bad behaviour - they're often expressing their primal anger. This essentially means they're in survival mode and they're trying to manage the external stimulations, integrate into their surroundings, and process communications. 

 

Early intervention is key for an autistic young person to thrive in school, and later in life. A delay in receiving an autism diagnosis for a young person often comes too late.

In fact, there are millions of undiagnosed and misdiagnosed autistic adults, who were labelled 'problem' children.

There are also many of us who have had to mask our autism to fit in.

It was liberating for me to discover I'm autistic.

Yet, if I'd had the diagnosis earlier in my life, perhaps I would have found my tribe earlier.

Autism assessments need to be readily available - therefore, we're now offering this service.

If you suspect you might be autistic, get an assessment, join autistic groups, and embrace this gift.

How Does It Work?

The process of the autism assessment will begin with the ADI-R. This is an interview with a parent or partner and me and can last up to 2.5 hours. This can be administrated online.

The second part of the assessment is the ADOS-2 and this needs to take place face-to-face.

The ADOS-2 is a series of activities that the participant and I will do together (ideally without any parent present). This can last up to 60 minutes.

I will then combine the data from both assessments and provide you with the results.

A full descriptive report with be provided 48 hours later.

We use the ADI-R and the ADOS-2 known as the 'Gold Standard' assessment tools for identifying autism spectrum conditions and for the diagnosis of autism. 

 

The ADI-R Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (used with partners, parents, or carers). The interview will be between 1 ½ - 2 ½  hours long.

ADOS-2 Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2nd Version (used with the individual). This assessment will take up to 60 minutes.

Results from the assessments will be available within 48 hours.  

Are Our Autism Assessments Recognised?

For Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs): Is a Private Autism Diagnosis Recognised?

Parents who are considering a Private Autism Diagnostic Assessment for their child are likely to wonder if a diagnosis of Autism confirmed by a Private Autism Diagnostic Service outside the NHS can be recognised by the Local Authorities for the purpose of providing their child with additional support – such as an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Depending on your local authority, private diagnoses may or may not be accepted. You may need an NHS diagnosis before you or your child are able to receive services from them. With this in mind, you might prefer to join the NHS waiting list for an autism assessment.

However, a local authority cannot dismiss a professional diagnostic report simply because it is privately sourced - the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2015) is quite clear on this point.

You can seek independent advice from your local authority for guidance if you are unsure whether a private assessment will be accepted as evidence for an Education, Health and Care Plan (HECP). It is possible to file a complaint if the information provided contradicts the information given below.

As part of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2015), which is statutory guidance from the government, local authorities must factor in what they consider before undertaking an education, health, and care needs assessment. Paragraph 9.14 of this document states:

 

"To inform their decision the local authority will need to take into account a wide range of evidence and should pay particular attention to... Evidence of the child or young person’s physical, emotional and social development and health needs, drawing on relevant evidence from clinicians and other health professionals and what has been done to meet these by other agencies."

According to the code of practice, there should be a consideration for the opinions of non-NHS professionals. Local authorities who disregard this advice, without good reason, are likely to be in violation of the code of practice for special educational needs and disabilities.

Health and education should recognise that a good quality assessment and diagnosis are absolutely valid. Ascend Beyond defines a good quality assessment as one that follows guidelines for diagnosing autism. National Institute of Health and Care Excellence, also known as NICE, provides the guidance that we use.

Our standards of care and professional conduct are the same regardless of where we work.

We follow the NICE guidelines when conducting assessments and use the 'gold standard' tools when collecting data. Therefore, our diagnosis is just as credible as the NHS's diagnosis.