At Psychological Solutions we are able to assess and support a wide range of neurodevelopmental conditions as well as mental health and behavioural difficulties. When conducting assessments and providing supports we do so with the upmost sensitivity and always in collaboration, following best practice guidelines (e.g. NICE guidelines) whilst adhering to our professional registration/regulatory body. Assessments and supports can be provided at your home, within an organisation or within one of our clinics, wherever is most comfortable and convenient for you.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common disorder that begins in childhood and continues through adolescence and into adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behaviour, and hyperactivity (over-activity). In order to assess for ADHD we will interview you directly and may provided a cognitive assessment such as the WASI-II and skills assessment such as Vineland. Information will be sort from you about various different settings such as work and home. A medical person such as a Psychiatrist may be involved, to explore any biological contributors or explanations. Time taken: including report writing and verbal feedback, the whole process can take between 6 and 8 hours. In addition to assessing for ADHD we can also provide support around the difficulties associated with the condition such as with behaviour, mood, concentration and learning. The support can include pharmacololgy as well as psychological.
A Learning Disability is characterised by difficulties with memory, learning, comprehension and difficulties with everyday activities such as with household tasks, socialising or managing money – which starts in child hood and affects someone for their whole life. The assessment of Learning Disablity will include a cognitive assessment, as well as a skills assessment. The information from these assessments are combined with information taken through interview of you and if appropriate anyone who supports you. Time taken: including report writing and verbal feedback, the whole process can take between 5 and 7 hours. In addition to assessing for Learning Disability we can also provide support around the difficulties associated with the condition such as with behaviour, mood, concentration and learning.
Autism Spectrum Condition
Autism Spectrum Disorder or Condition (ASD) is a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. In children with ASD, the symptoms are present before three years of age, although a diagnosis can sometimes be made after the age of three. The assessment of ASD will involve a comprehensive history taking (of up to 3 hours) with a person who has known the individual since childhood (e.g. parent) using gold standard measures such as the Autism Diagnostic Interview. In addition direct assessment of the person is usually included such as the Autism Diagnostic Schedule, whilst considering other types of assessments if required, such as a cognitive assessment and a language assessment (with a Speech and Language Therapist) to exclude concerns such as language disorder. Time taken: including report writing and verbal feedback, the whole process can take between 6 and 8 hours. In addition to assessing for ASD we can also provide support around the difficulties associated with the condition such as with behaviour, mood, concentration and learning.
Adults can experience difficulties with mental health such as anxiety, OCD, Personality Disorder and depression; early assessment and support is important. Adults can display mental health concerns through changes in sleep pattern, eating, relationships, mood and lack of interest in activities. At Psychological Solutions we are to assess non-emergency mental health concerns through an interview with the person and the best ways to support the person. The assessment and outcome to the assessment will be conducted with the upmost sensitivity and at each stage of the assessment collaboratively agreed. Following the assessment we can then provide further support through therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Time taken for the assessment: including report writing and verbal feedback, the whole process can take between 3 and 5 hours.