I lead a multi-disciplinary team delivering autism diagnostic assessments; psychology assessments; speech & language assessments; occupational therapy assessments; and physiotherapy assessments.

Since 2011 we have provided assessment services to individuals & families; HSE organisations including Assessment of Need (AON), Primary Care Psychology and Tusla; and charities such as Irish Autism Action.

The remainder of this page describes the assessment process, the tools we use, our reports & prices. If you have questions or just don't know where to start, please chat with us.

Assessments <nobr><small>for individuals and families</small></nobr>

An assessment involves lots of different activities, books and toys to stimulate the child while we observe their abilities. Assessment can be quite tiring, so we break regularly, have lots of treats, and try to make it fun.

The assessment tools that we use are clinically recognized. They provide standardised scores that can be understood by teachers, HSE therapists, and other professionals working with your child.

After assessment you will receive a written report describing: your child's strengths and needs; assessment details; scores; and recommendations. This provides essential information to help you decide the best course of action for your child.

We will take time to talk through our findings in detail with you; answer any questions you may have; and recommend what action to take next. If you wish, we will discuss the assessment findings with staff at your child's school, HSE, and other healthcare providers.

For busy parents, we're happy to perform the assessment at your home or child's school. If possible a parent should attend, but we can work around this if it would be difficult.

Autism Diagnostic Assessment

We provide best-practice autism diagnostic assessments for both children and adults. The assessment is fully multi-disciplinary, being carried out by a clinical psychologist and a speech & language therapist.

We have expertise in assessing complex and contentious cases; and those where the traditional routes of assessment are causing difficulty, such as women & girls with autistic spectrum conditions; adolescents and adults with co-morbid presentations; and children with complex developmental history or backgrounds.

We use the clinically recognized ADOS-2, ADI-R and 3Di tools. For a private assessment to be accepted by the HSE, they require the use of the ADOS tool. We'll also obtain information from your child's educational placement and other professionals who may be working with your child.

We provide feedback on the day of the assessment. We then follow up with a comprehensive written report, accepted by the HSE, that includes practical recommendations.

Whether we diagnose autism or not, we will guide you on your next steps.

Autism Diagnostic Assessment €950

Psychology Assessments

Standard Assessment

A psychology assessment is a formal evaluation, using standardized best-practice tools, of cognitive skills; adaptive functioning; and behaviour. Cognitive skills assessed include verbal and non-verbal skills, memory, and processing speed. The results of the assessment will indicate your child's strengths, needs, and recommendations on how to support their learning.

The duration of the assessment varies depending on the age of the child and how they progress through the activities.

Attainment Assessment

This comprises the evaluations of the standard assessment plus an assessment of attainment to determine whether the individual has a specific learning disability such as dyslexia or dyscalculia.

Standard Psychology Assessment €550
Attainment Psychology Assessment €700

Speech & Language Assessments

Full Speech & Language

If you want a full understanding and peace of mind about your child's abilities and needs, we recommend a full assessment. We evaluate your child's play skills; comprehension; expressive skills; pronunciation of speech sounds; and phonological awareness. If appropriate, we will also evaluate your child's pragmatics and sensory needs. This assessment lasts approximately two hours.

Speech-only

A speech-only assessment identifies difficulties in pronunciation and understanding of sounds. This assessment take a maximum of one hour.

Full Speech & Language Assessment €280
Speech-Only Assessment €120

Occupational Therapy Assessment

We start by sending out a questionnaire to understand your concerns about the individual's fine and gross motor skills, and sensory processing. Based on this we decide which areas require investigation and the assessment tools to use.

Occupational Therapy Assessment €400 to €500

Physiotherapy Assessment

A Physiotherapy assessment investigates whether there are underlying physical causes for motor difficulties.

Physiotherapy Assessment €240
Assessment Services <nobr><small>for organisations</small></nobr>

Our clinician-led assessment and intervention service comprises psychologists, speech & language therapists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists. Services are available to both children and adults across Ireland.

Our Approach

Our multi-disciplinary team works collaboratively, sharing information and discussing each case, to reach consensus conclusions. As part of our clinical governance we review assessment reports to ensure consistency and clarity for each individual case. We are responsive to the requirements of our clients, and sensitive to the needs of individuals and their families during the assessment process.

Our reports are comprehensive: as well as standardised scores and interpretation we include practical recommendations to bridge the gap between assessment and accessing services.

If needed, we can take care of the entire case lifecycle - contact; booking of appointments; DNA handling; and post-assessment questions from families and other professionals.

Our team is accustomed to working with translators where needed.

Case Studies

AON - Full Population

Since 2013, we've provided AON assessments for seventy individuals a month in an urban, multi-ethnic area with some socially deprived or vulnerable families. We cover the full population: the majority of individuals require psychology, speech & language and occupational therapy assessments; some also require physiotherapy assessments or autism diagnostic assessments.

Due to the size and nature of the work we have daily contact with our client to report progress and discuss cases of concern. We handle day-to-day coordination of assessments and bookings ourselves.

We pride ourselves on our effectiveness, sensitivity, and ability to help families make sense of their child's needs.

AON - Complex Cases

Since March 2014 we've provided AON assessments for about twenty complex individuals a month for a HSE client who performs the majority of AON assessments in house. The individuals typically require psychology, speech & language; occupational and autism-diagnostic assessments.

Our client requires a high degree of differential diagnosis due to the complex presentation and multiple needs of the individuals. For this contract, our workflow integrates the client's existing governance process.

By working in this way, the client benefits from our specialism in autism diagnosis, while each individual is accurately assessed so that they can be referred to the appropriate services.

Primary Care Psychology

We provide support to a primary care service in a rural area. The work comes in bursts of thirty individuals at a time to be completed within two months for resource deadlines. Individuals typically require psychology and autism-diagnostic assessments.

The client uses us to ameliorate staff shortages caused by maternity leave and structural difficulties. By doing so, each individual is assessed within the deadline, which ensures they have an opportunity to access resources.

What to do next

We have a proven track record and are able to provide references from existing clients.

The first step is to talk with us to determine what you require, and then we'll go from there.

Our Team

Led by Caroline Winstanley, our team comprises experienced professionals of four disciplines, some of whom have a special interest in working with individuals on the autistic spectrum.

Dr. Suzanne Foley Clinical Psychologist

I began my psychology career by completing my undergraduate in Psychology at UCD, followed by my MSc. in Applied Psychology at the University of Ulster. Subsequently I worked in the UK for five years. I worked as Assistant Psychologist in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Royal Liverpool NHS Trust; and in the Learning Disabilities Service, Pennine Care NHS Trust. I also worked as Research Assistant in the Department of Mental Health (Addictive Behaviour), St George's, University of London, and in the Department of Psychiatry (Autism Research Group), University of Oxford. I returned to Ireland to completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at NUI, Galway. Since then I worked for IAA conducting ASD assessments and the HSE completing Assessments of Needs.

Currently I work with a voluntary agency providing groups for adults and continue to stay involved in working with young children with an ASD diagnosis and their families.

Dr. Kaj Gohil Clinical and Community Psychologist

I hold a Doctorate in Clinical and Community Psychology, having trained at the University of Exeter, UK. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience of working in specialist autism diagnostic services across both the public and private sector. I have extensive experience of working therapeutically with individuals and their families affected by autistic spectrum conditions. I am also able to offer training and consultation to professionals. I am registered with the HCPC. I am also a member of the professional groups: British Psychological Society ; The Division of Clinical Psychology; The Faculty for Race and Culture; and the Networking Community of Psychologists in Independent Practice.

The approaches which I apply to my practice include narrative therapy, social inequalities and a community psychology perspective. I am very interested in developing animal assisted therapy which I would like to apply to my practice in the future.

Emma Twohig Speech & Language Therapist

I am fully qualified Speech and Language Therapist with current membership of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT). I graduated from University College Cork with a BA in English and Psychology. I then continued my studies as a mature student and graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy from City University London.

I have extensive experience with a wide variety of clinical populations and diagnoses. I worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a school for intellectual disabilities in Wicklow. In this position I worked in early services, preschools and with school aged children. I provided assessment, intervention and support to the clients, their families and their teachers. This role also gave me the opportunity to develop an in depth understanding of Autism and the methodology of ABA. Currently I combine my work in a school for children with Autism with some individual sessions in a child’s own home.

I have been trained in the use of Lámh and PECS. I am also familiar with some high tech communication systems. Additionally, I've attended a Michael Palin CBT course for older children, teenagers and adults who stammer.

Catherine O'Leary Speech & Language Therapist

I graduated with a first class honours degree in Speech and Language Therapy from University College Cork in 2011. During the course of my undergraduate degree, I spent a summer working in Bradford Woods, Indiana, U.S.A, a specialist summer camp for children with disabilities and health conditions. This experience secured my passion for working with children to break down barriers to their participation and success.

Upon graduating, I began working in Kent Community Health NHS Trust, U.K. I was responsible for the assessment, diagnosis and management of pre-school and primary aged children. I worked closely with parents, training them in the skills they needed to support their children’s communication development. In 2014, I began a new role as a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. I had clinical responsibility for children with Selective Mutism and also worked within specialist school settings for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. I established the Speech and Language Therapy service within a secondary school-aged Autism unit, attached to a mainstream school.

I am trained in a number of therapy approaches including PECS, Lámh, Makaton, Lidcombe program (stuttering), Derbyshire Language Scales and Cued Articulation.

I am currently completing a Masters degree in Disability Studies in Trinity College Dublin. Here, I am developing my knowledge of the impact of disability on people’s lives and means to overcome barriers to participation.