PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING NEW COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT REFERRALS UNTIL OCTOBER
Comprehensive Assessments focus on the overall Educational, Behavioural, Emotional and Social Profiles (where required)
These assessments explore whether an individual may meet the DSM-5 Diagnostic criteria for conditions such as ADHD, Anxiety, ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), Conduct Disorder, ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), etc. Where a diagnosis of ASD is being considered, a fully multi-disciplinary assessment will be utilised in accordance with HSE diagnostic criteria. For school-aged children these assessments also include the educational assessment, looking into potential learning difficulties.
Please note that for assessments for ASD, the earliest age is 3 years.
For all other queries, 6 years is the youngest we can assess.
We are only able to offer a children's service due to high levels of demand (up to age 17)
These assessments may potentially require three phases.
Phase 1: Pre-Appointment (Screening)
The first phase of the comprehensive assessment requires the completion of standardised questionnaires by parent, teacher (where relevant), and possibly the child/adolescent themselves. This information allows us to collect standardised data of the individual's current psychological profile across contexts.
On receiving all forms back, Psychologist Clinton Greenford will give you a call back to discuss the findings and you will decide whether you wish to initiate phase 2.
No clinic appointment is required for phase 1 and no written report can be provided at this stage.
Phase 2: Psychology
What occurs in Phase 2 is dependent on many factors, which will be discussed in Phase 1. Below is a price structure to give you an idea of what may be required. The final price for Phase 2 will be based on what is used below, as determined in Phase 1.
Children not yet in primary/secondary education (may not be possible for some children): €50
Primary school students: €100
Secondary School Students: €200
ASD Diagnostic Interview (3di)
Only for cases where ASD is being assessed and has not been ruled out in Phase 1.
A Gold Standard diagnostic interview (3di) conducted between parent/guardian and Educational Psychologist Jason Greenford
Can be done in the clinic, or via zoom/phonecall.
A comprehensive and well-structured report containing results, conclusions, and recommendations where appropriate.
So for example, a primary school student commencing phase 2 who requires the educational assessment (€100) and further investigation into ASD via the diagnostic interview (€100) would be charged €400 at the end of phase 1 (the additional €200 is for the final report).
Phase 3: Speech and Language
This final phase will normally only initiate based on results from the ASD Diagnostic Interview in Phase 2. However in some rare cases where the child did not attend phase 2, this phase can be used as an observation process.
Following a consultation from phase 2, a referral will be made to Senior Speech and Language Therapist Frances O'Brien (www.speechandlanguageclinic.ie) who will carry out a language and communication assessment and administer the 2nd Gold Standard diagnostic tool, the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - 2). This completes the multi-disciplinary aspect of the overall assessment. Frances will provide her findings to PALS, which will then be combined into one overall Comprehensive Multi-Disciplinary Report, which will be signed off by the team.
On completion of Phase 3, PALS psychologist Clinton Greenford will send you a draft of the report to look over and offer you a feedback call to discuss the final report before it is published. This can also be done via a zoom call, whereby the report can be shared and edited on screen.
Fee for Phase 3: €350