What happens next 

If we do proceed with an assessment after the initial consultation, there are different things that may happen depending on what we have found out from you so far. We often:

 

1. take a developmental or personal history - this involves talking about what things were like when you or your child was a baby and growing up, and how things are now. This usually takes about 90 minutes to 2 hours 

2. have a meeting with the person the assessment is for and explore things further with them. This may be a structured assessment of communication or some tests of thinking and processing. Again, this usually lasts about 90 minutes to 2 hours, but we may need a longer session if you or your child benefits from breaks between tasks or when we are conducting more than one assessment. Sometimes, it's easier to just make two separate appointments and spread the work out

 

3. If it's helpful, and your child is still in education (e.g., at school or in college), we gather additional information from the staff there. We may go to the school and observe your child if there is permission to do so and if seeing them in class or at breaktime/playtime would be helpful to understand more about what is going on 


After we have gathered the information we need, we meet with you (and your child if applicable) to tell you what we have found out. At this point, we share our advice or recommendations for next steps and advise whether further assessment may be beneficial. We will also discuss treatment options and provide you with a written report. 

We do not always go ahead with an assessment after an initial consultation. We only work further with someone when we feel like we can be of help - otherwise, we will make suggestions about what to try and can refer you on to someone we know who might be better able to help.

 

We sometimes advise you to go back to your GP to arrange tests that we feel would be helpful before undergoing a psychiatric or psychological assessment.