Forward Thinking: Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologists - Southampton

Specialist psychological assessments and ongoing help for children, young people and their families


Forward Thinking are a team of qualified and accredited Clinical Psychologists working with children, young people and their families. They can provide autism assessment and diagnosis, using the ADOS, ADI and where indicated, a cognitive assessment. Their autism assessments are conducted by members of the team who each have many years of experience in working with and assessing children for ASC. Their diagnostic assessments are guided by the regulations set out by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), and they always follow best-practice, for example by having two clinicians administer the assessment.

In addition to "full autism assessments", they can also provide "screening" appointments to help work out whether a full assessment is likely to be helpful.

Forward Thinking can also provide specialist support for children and young people with an Autism Spectrum Condition who are experiencing a wide range of difficulties in terms of their mental health or behaviour. When supporting children, young people and families therapeutically, Forward Thinking works using evidence based treatments (interventions that have been well researched and found to be effective). Their psychologists have been trained in approaches such as, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Behavioural Therapy, Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapies and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

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