child and adult autism assessment
Helping you find joy in your uniqueness
Our Services and Pricing
Pebble Autism provide autism assessments for children aged 5-18 and adults 19 plus.
We understand that individuals and families who come to us have often had a history of difficult experiences and that seeking an autism assessment can be daunting. Here at Pebble Autism we make every effort to make the assessment process as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Prior to the assessment we gather background information and sometimes ask for screening questionnaires to be completed to ensure that you are making the right choice in pursuing an autism assessment.
Each assessment involves taking a detailed history, in the case of child assessment this includes taking a detailed developmental history from parents.
We also use the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2).
We usually take the developmental history via video link such as Zoom. We find that this can really help busy parents to be able to work the meeting around other commitments, but not everyone feels comfortable on screen so an alternative is always possible.
The ADOS-2 is administered face to face either at the family home or at our clinic room in Leamington Spa.
Child autism assessments start from £1750. Prices can vary depending on distance we would need to travel and whether a school observation is required.
Adult autism assessments start at £1350. Again the price can vary depending on distance travelled.
Following assessment we produce a detailed report with recommendations. All of the resources we recommend are created by and for autistic people and come from a strengths-based and neurodiversity-affirming perspective. We reject the 'medical-model' and do not describe autism as a 'disorder' or 'condition'.
Meet the team
Dr Chris Morrell
DClinPsy, MSc, BSc(Hons), AFBPS, RegHCPC
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Chris is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who has specialised in working with autistic children, adolescents and young adults for many years. Chris is passionate about raising autism awareness and has delivered autism awareness training and consultation to schools, colleges and universities around the country. He has a particular interest in the assessment of autistic girls.
Chris recognises and understands that the people he assesses are often experiencing anxiety about meeting someone new and being in an unfamiliar environment. He prides himself on being able to engage the people he meets and on his ability to help them feel relaxed and understood.
BSc(Hons), MRCSLT, RegHCPC
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
Since qualifying in 2013 Sue has had a passionate interest in autism. This has led to her pursuing any opportunity to learn, predominantly from the real experts, autistic people themselves. She has worked in mainstream and special schools and as an independent therapist with a particular interest in identifying and supporting autistic women and girls. Sue has also worked as a Consultant Therapist to St Andrew Healthcare as a member of their Multi-disciplinary Adult Complex Autism Assessment Service. Having worked with both adults and children gives Sue an insight into how communication and interaction strengths and needs can change across the lifespan.
Through her clinical work, Sue has seen firsthand how the correct diagnosis can help people to develop a sense of identity and learn how to advocate for themselves, having a life-changing impact on mental health and well-being.
"Chris and Sue are really easy people to talk to and despite feeling nervous initially, I felt quickly at ease with them. This helped immensely throughout the assessment process. Their approach allowed me to discover my autistic identity in a positive and affirming way"
"Both Sue and Chris are lovely and did a wonderful job at putting us all at ease"
"on a personal level, I believe the diagnosis has given answers to questions that provide reassurance to both child and parents"
"the experience we had all exceeded expectations and we are very glad we found this service"