With an estimated 700,000 individuals in the UK having a diagnosis of Autism and 1 in every 100 of those being children the need for support and understanding has increased. At A Pinch of Positvity Counselling C.I.C the aim is to offer as much support for those individuals and the support network around them.

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The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) are considered to be the ‘gold standard’ In diagnostic evaluations for autism.


The ADI-R and ADOS is a semi-structured interview conducted through a one-to-one interaction and provides direct information on current ASD symptoms. It is complemented by the ADI-R, which provides information on early development, focusing mainly on the time period between 4 and 5 years of age (where possible)

Assessments can be carried out for anyone aged 2 years + including adults. A full extensive report is then given following the ADOS and ADI-R.

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The ADOS tool differs from the other tools as it is not based on developmental data and therefore only looks at current behaviour and skills. 

The ADOS can be used to evaluate individuals at different developmental levels and chronological ages, from toddlers to adults, from individuals with no speech to those who are verbally fluent. 

The ADI-R is a revised version of the original ADI and the information obtained can be used in a diagnostic algorithm for autism as per DSM-5

This tool focuses on behaviour in three main areas: qualities of reciprocal social interaction; communication and language; and restricted and repetitive, stereotyped interests and behaviours. 

The ADI-R can take up to 3 hours

The ADOS can take up to 2 hours

Time is required for the information to be reviewed as well as other information shared from schools, Speech & Language Therapist, Occupational Therapists, and other supporting information before the report can be written.

To note as Claire has completed training to administer both ADI-R & ADOS, with many years experience and knowledge, without clinical PhD status this cannot be an official diagnosis but can be used and presented as validation with other health professionals.

Cost to be confirmed.

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