How to arrange a private Autistic Spectrum Disorder assessment
Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are medical diagnosis and require an assessment by a psychiatrist.
The best route is to ask your GP to refer you to a psychiatrist who assesses ASC or ADHD, although some private psychiatrists may accept a self-referral. Some psychologists assess for ADHD although they cannot prescribe medication.
It is difficult in Plymouth to have an assessment on the NHS. There is an assessment centre in Exeter for those people who fall under Devon NHS but the waiting list can be very long.
It may be that you decide to go privately. Below are contact details of private psychiatrists who assess for ASC and ADHD.
The cost starts at around £350 and you should check this before attending any appointment. There may also be a charge for a follow-on appointment.
For further information, the student can make an appointment to see a Disability Advisor.
Dr Andrew Montgomery
For secure GP Referrals: NHS email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Private referrals via email: Jo Tierney email@example.com
Tel: 0330 124 4305 (9.00–17.00) Fax: 0203 744 2961 (marked FAO Jo Tieney)
Venue: Abbey Mead Natural Health Clinic, 7 Plymouth Road, Tavistock, PL19 8AU.
Tel: 0203 326 9160
Venue: Devonport Road, Plymouth
Psychiatry UK – The National Online Psychiatric Service
Tel: 033 0124 1980
You may find the following resources helpful:
The National Autistic Society (NAS) provides information and advice for autistic people, their friends and families. It also offers support for professionals and employers through training courses, conferences, consultancy and an accreditation programme to help them develop the knowledge they need to work with, and support autistic people. NAS also campaigns for rights and interests of autistic people and their families to try to ensure that national policy and legislation reflects their needs.
Working Well with Autism
Working Well with Autism is a local organisation. The website contains details of what they offer. They also run the Plymouth Autism Hub, which provides a safe, friendly space for adults with autism aged 16 and above to socialise and enjoy activities including table tennis, traditional board games, access to free wifi, free refreshments etc.
Autism Alert Card
The Autism Alert Card is available to people with a diagnosis of autism. It is a very useful card if you find yourself in a difficult situation and need to alert someone, including the emergency services, that they may need to change their approach to you. Some people find that just carrying it in their purse or wallet gives them more confidence when using public transport, going to new places etc even if they seldom use it.
The card is managed by Devon Link Up
Best Practice Guides – downloads
You may find the following Autism&Uni Best Practice Guides for academics and support staff helpful. They contain background information and tips for adapting one's professional practice. These were created as part of the EU-funded Autism&Uni project.
- HEI managers and senior academics
- HE lecturers and tutors
- Professionals supporting autistic students within or outside HE Institutions