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Our NHS and self-pay autism and ADHD related services provide an accessible solution for individuals, parents or carers who are looking for a roadmap towards diagnosing and managing their needs, or the needs of others.
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We understand that a diagnosis of neurological challenges can often be the turning point in being able to access further support, and that obtaining a diagnosis can often be a lengthy process on the NHS. We are proud to partner with the NHS to offer both NHS and self-pay ASD and ADHD services to ensure that we can offer our support to as many people as possible.

Autism and ADHD assessments

Autism and ADHD assessments are a key part of our offering that result in a thorough report and signposting to useful resources. Our consultant-led, multi-disciplinary team will work with you to provide actionable insights, no matter where you are in your journey, and offer expert advice to help you or a family member. Our ASD and ADHD services are suitable for both children and adults, meaning that it is never too late to be assessed.

We have created a new, dedicated Autism and ADHD website that goes into detail about the process of working towards a diagnosis of autism and neurodivergent conditions, and offers resources written by our clinicians to help you throughout your journey. For more information on our ASD and ADHD assessments and services, you can also get in touch with one of our team today.

Our services include:

  • Virtual Consultations
  • Initial Assessments
  • ADOS / Autism Assessments
  • Post-Assessment Support
  • Adult ASD Assessments
  • ADHD Assessments

At Provide Wellbeing, it is our goal to make you feel at ease in our clinic venues, and to ensure that your experience is a positive one. The assessments that we provide are not a test with right and wrong answers, but a holistic approach that takes into account previous history, key concerns, and responses on the day.

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    At Provide Wellbeing, we can carry out ASD assessments for children who are between the ages of two and 18 years and 364 days old at the time the referral is received from the GP.

    What is the age criteria for an ASD Assessment through Right to Choose?

    At Provide Wellbeing, we can carry out ASD assessments for children who are between the ages of two and 18 years and 364 days old at the time the referral is received from the GP.
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    After the ASD assessment, if the consultant cannot be sure of a diagnosis of ASD, you may be referred to further specialists. Alternatively, your consultant may conclude that your child does not have ASD but may potentially have another condition. For more information about our ASD services, visit our dedicated website here.

    What happens if my child is not diagnosed at the ASD assessment?

    After the ASD assessment, if the consultant cannot be sure of a diagnosis of ASD, you may be referred to further specialists. Alternatively, your consultant may conclude that your child does not have ASD but may potentially have another condition. For more information about our ASD services, visit our dedicated website here.
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    Our team of clinicians will focus on four modules during the ASD assessment, consisting of various structured activities and less structured interactions, all of which will be tailored to your child’s particular level. A comprehensive diagnostic report will also be produced, which you may choose to share with the relevant educational...

    What is included in the ASD assessment?

    Our team of clinicians will focus on four modules during the ASD assessment, consisting of various structured activities and less structured interactions, all of which will be tailored to your child’s particular level. A comprehensive diagnostic report will also be produced, which you may choose to share with the relevant educational...
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    The ASD assessment will take approximately 2 hours, with time for the assessment, followed by initial feedback and a discussion with the parents or carers. This will also be followed with a written report with detailed findings and support recommendations. For more information about our ASD services, visit our dedicated...

    How long does an ASD assessment take?

    The ASD assessment will take approximately 2 hours, with time for the assessment, followed by initial feedback and a discussion with the parents or carers. This will also be followed with a written report with detailed findings and support recommendations. For more information about our ASD services, visit our dedicated...
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    Our specialist team of Paediatricians, Speech and Language Therapists, and Occupational Therapists will conduct the ASD assessment. The team will consider a wide range of factors and discuss the outcome of the assessment alongside the information gathered from the parent and the child’s place of education. For more information about our...

    Who carries out the ASD assessment?

    Our specialist team of Paediatricians, Speech and Language Therapists, and Occupational Therapists will conduct the ASD assessment. The team will consider a wide range of factors and discuss the outcome of the assessment alongside the information gathered from the parent and the child’s place of education. For more information about our...
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    Our ASD team will need consent from the parents or guardian to view the child’s medical records. The required consent form will be sent to you by a member of the Provide Wellbeing team and will need to be signed and returned to us in order to help review eligibility for the...

    Does my child need up to date medical records for an ASD assessment?

    Our ASD team will need consent from the parents or guardian to view the child’s medical records. The required consent form will be sent to you by a member of the Provide Wellbeing team and will need to be signed and returned to us in order to help review eligibility for the...
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    There is often a waiting list on the NHS services for an ASD assessment due to high demand. For self-pay ASD assessments, Provide Wellbeing can offer assessments that have a reduced waiting time. Speak to our team to discuss your circumstances and the process for each route. We offer a free virtual...

    Is there a waiting list for ASD assessments?

    There is often a waiting list on the NHS services for an ASD assessment due to high demand. For self-pay ASD assessments, Provide Wellbeing can offer assessments that have a reduced waiting time. Speak to our team to discuss your circumstances and the process for each route. We offer a free virtual...
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    Our ASD assessment costs £1,900. This is a Consultant-led diagnostic assessment with a multidisciplinary team of Paediatricians, Speech and Language Therapists, and Occupational Therapists, along with a comprehensive report which is recognised by the NHS.

    How much does the ASD assessment cost?

    Our ASD assessment costs £1,900. This is a Consultant-led diagnostic assessment with a multidisciplinary team of Paediatricians, Speech and Language Therapists, and Occupational Therapists, along with a comprehensive report which is recognised by the NHS.
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    Testimonials

    Fantastic service. Very friendly, they made my son feel very at ease. The assessment was carried out very professionally, and at a pace that made me feel comfortable. Highly recommend

    Parent/Guardian of J R, Right To Choose ASD Assessment Customer

    Felt at ease as soon as we walked in. Very polite and professional attitude and extremely thorough and understanding.

    Parent/Guardian of K H, ASD Assessment Customer

    Dr Band and Amy at Provide Wellbeing Chelmer Clinic, were absolutely amazing! We visited for my 14 year old son's Autism assessment, and were greeted by Dr Band who explained the process clearly. I really cannot praise Dr Band and the team at Chelmer Clinic enough. You made my son feel totally at ease, and enabled him to fully be present and participate happily in his assessment. Feedback after was so lovely, Amy gave a wonderful summary of how my child views the world, and we were pleased that he has finally got a diagnosis. This will now enable me to access further support for him, as he progresses through adolescence into adulthood, so he can reach his full potential.

    Parent/Guardian of C W, ASD Assessment Customer

    Very nice doctors and ladies who deal with the Autism. Very relaxed appointment, they explained very good what was going to happen on the day, greatly appreciated.

    Parent/Guardian of L F, ASD Assessment Customer

    My experience was extremely positive from start to finish - from initial contact up until the diagnosis which was managed within a really quick turnaround time. I cannot thank everyone enough at Provide Wellbeing for all of their support and information in confirming a diagnosis for my son.

    Parent/Guardian of A C, Right To Choose ASD Assessment Customer

    Very helpful. Timely. Informative. Patient.

    Parent/Guardian of D B, Right To Choose ASD Assessment Customer

    Quick, efficient, friendly and very professional. So pleased with the provider.

    Parent/Guardian of K H, Right To Choose ASD Assessment Customer

    Lovely people, made us feel at ease staightaway.

    Parent/Guardian of VT, ASD Assessment Customer

    Excellent service from start to finish. Hardly any waiting time before we got seen.

    Parent/Guardian of G B, Right To Choose ASD Assessment Customer

    From the first contact with your receptionist onwards I felt that we were listened to and that you were there to help us. You made the potentially complicated process of the Right to Choose pathway so straightforward. We always had the information we needed, unprompted. All the staff on the day of our visit were friendly and professional and put us and our daughter at ease. We commented in the car on the way home how grateful we were that the whole process had been so simple, knowing that many families have to battle for a diagnosis.

    Parent of E A, Right To Choose ASD Assessment Service

    A very professional service that puts your mind at ease of any worries you may have about the process.

    Parent/Guardian of D B, ASD Assessment Customer

    I visited yesterday with my daughter, although we were 10 minutes late. We got seen straight away. Place was very clean, well run and staff were great.

    Parent of P W, ASD Assessment Customer

    The most perfect experience for my teenage son. He felt reassured and comforted through the whole assessment. The staff were amazing with him and helpful with myself too. The clinic itself is clean and welcoming, 5 star experience from start to finish!

    Parent of J J, ASD Assessment Customer

    Very friendly assessor's, explained everything well.

    Parent/Guardian of H H, Combined ASD/ADHD Assessment Customer

    Incredible personal touch. The team really get it, and knew exactly how to support my son even though they'd never met him before. Couldn't have asked for more .

    Parent/Guardian of H B, Right To Choose ASD Assessment Customer

    It was lovely to have my sons assessment at the Chelmer clinic. It made it seem less formal and, therefore, much less intimidating for him. The staff were very understanding and made the assessment as pleasant as possible.

    Parent of D B, ASD Assessment Customer

    Staff are friendly and reassuring. Made me and my daughter feel at ease, full communication provided

    Parent of S G, ASD Assessment Customer

    Friendly. Caring 

    Parent of G I, ASD Assessment Customer

    It's the first time I have been to the clinic we was made to feel comfortable straight away which put my child at ease. I feel like I was listened to and understood which is something through our journey that we haven't had! I was made to feel that everything would be ok and I wasn't alone which is such a big deal for someone doing it alone I can not thank the ladies enough; they made a massive difference to a very tough journey.

    Parent of K W, ASD Assessment Customer

    Amazing staff, clean and tidy offices. Put minds at ease. Very professional and caring.

    Parent of G W, Right To Choose ASD Assessment Customer

    Me and my son arrived for his autism assessment yesterday and we were made to feel very welcome, my son was well taken care of whilst in the assessment and he did mention he enjoyed it. I'm very pleased with how comfortable we were both made to feel and all professionals were genuinely lovely. This service is truly amazing, a very short wait compared to other pathways and I can't thank them enough for their help.

    Parent of K W, Right To Choose ASD Assessment Customer

    Amazing with my son and me, super supportive

    Parent of V B, ASD Assessment Customer

    The whole process was simple and quick after being referred over by the NHS due to long waiting times. I was so anxious before hand but I had no need to be. Hannah was absolutely amazing and so kind- she understood my son and his struggles better than any professional we have met before. She is special! Dr Band was easy to talk to. Overall, the whole experience was very positive. Thank you

    Parent of J R, ASD Assessment Customer

    Very informative and comfortable experience.

    Parent of M C, ASD Assessment Customer

    Arriving 20 mins early, they were ready for me and my son which was amazing. The facilities were very clean and cosy warm. The staff were super friendly and were so helpful. My son and I were nervous as we didn't know what to expect and were soon relaxed and chilled. Overall if I could give more than a 5 star rating I would. Couldn't recommend them enough.

    Parent of J G, ASD Assessment Customer

    Warm and inviting environment, staff were professional, friendly and informative.

    Parent of L T, ASD Assessment Customer

    Everything was perfect and quick, well organised

    Parent of T S, ASD Assessment Customer

    I was seen at the time of my appointment, Dr Band was very charming and welcoming as were the SLT and when it was too overwhelming for my daughter they all stopped and put her needs first which was very reassuring.

    Parent of G C, ASD Assessment Customer

    The Specialist and Amy were amazing from start to finish, they really took the time to learn about P.. as a person. So they had a great all round picture of P.... I will always be forever grateful to the team at Provide for their diagnosis and making it a positive experience.

    Parent of P S, ASD Assessment Customer, Chelmer Clinic, Chelmsford

    We were all extremely nervous before this appointment. The staff put us all at ease, and explained everything that was going on.

    Parent of R M, ASD Assessment Customer, Chelmer Clinic

    Made to feel at ease. Very good listener.

    D R, Adult ADHD Customer, Chelmer Clinic

    The initial impression of our experience was how well the clinic was set out for a neurodivergent individual, the decor was refreshing & calming, the waiting room was empty apart from us, my son was particularly impressed with the toilet facilities, he hates using bathrooms, particularly public restrooms but commented on how lovely yours was & how clean it was. The staff were friendly & made us feel comfortable…. my son really enjoyed talking to the ladies who carried out his assessment & he came out of the clinic smiling & pleased with how his experience had gone, as was I. I am confident that his diagnosis will help him on the road to accepting himself for who he is :o) Thank you.

    Parent of M F, ASD Assessment Customer, Chelmer Clinic

    The staff were absolutely amazing, my son struggled to leave the car, they...started the assessment outside until he felt safe to go in the building.

    Parent of B B, ASD Assessment Customer, Chelmer Clinic

    I felt at ease, as did my son. Everyone was friendly, professional and just amazing.

    Parent of E T, ASD Assessment Customer, Chelmer Clinic

    The setting was really calm and relaxed and the staff were all friendly and approachable. They really put us all at ease and were very knowledgeable and experienced.

    Parent of J B, ASD Customer, Chelmer Clinic

    The staff were knowledgeable and so kind. They really listened and helped us to understand our child's strengths as well as struggles. We left the service feeling extremely positive and relieved.

    Parent of E W, ASD Diagnosis Service, Chelmer Clinic

    It was lovely to attend yesterday for our sons assesment. Staff were welcoming and all introduced themselves to us. Our son was made to feel at ease which was evident in his willingness to separate from us for a short period. Staff were very informative and we also felt heard and our experiences acknowledged.

    Parent of A P, ASD Diagnosis Service Customer, Chelmer Clinic

    Our experience with Provide wellbeing was faultless... we were treated with respect and given information to help our daughter to know where she was going...We didn't feel rushed and felt our views were heard and listened too by the doctor and he was extremely calm, professional and made us feel relaxed...we knew our daughter was in great hands...It was so comforting and validating as parents with an autistic child for someone to see what we do...I would recommend your services to anyone requiring a quick, faultless, professional, caring assessment and more professionals should be using your services to help the children struggling within the Essex area...

    Parents of L E, ASD Assessment Customer, Chelmer Clinic

    As you can imagine I was very apprehensive going to the appointment. My daughter was anxious and was begging me not to leave her when we got there but it was such a calm and welcoming environment that her worries soon went. All the team were very friendly, thank you.

    Parent of Miss A B, ASD Assessment Customer, Chelmer Clinic

    We felt comfortable and especially liked that we were the only family in at that time. It made it less stressful and easier on our son. I thought the specialists were great. Our son relaxed quickly and went in for the assessment easily... It was very friendly, warm and professional. They really got an accurate sense of our child and understood him well... Thank you.

    Parent of J H, ASD Diagnosis Service Customer, Chelmer Clinic

    Everyone involved with the diagnosis process made us feel at ease. When our son went to play he was having such a great time that he didn't want to leave. In fact, he asked this morning if he could go back and see them again.

    Parent of J C, ASD Initial Assessment, Chelmer Clinic

    The place, the location was very nice and calm. The service was very very good. We saw Dr Amin, such a lovely man, made us as a family very comfortable and at ease. We also saw Hannah and Amy, they were very good with my child. Our experience at this place has been outstanding...Thank you so much for our positive experience.

    D K, ASD Service Customer, Chelmer Clinic

    Hannah Westwood and Dr Band were both warm, friendly and compassionate, putting my daughter and I at ease straight away . They were extremely professional. Thank you

    G J, ASD/ADHD Service Customer, Chelmer Clinic

    Absolutely top quality service from start to finish. Booking in was swift and easy. I got an appointment offered within weeks and the staff during my son's assessment were outstanding. They explained everything to us in detail and offered some great feedback. Would definitely recommend

    E S, ASD/ADHD Customer, Chelmer Clinic

    I have had the best experience with Provide Wellbeing. My son has finally had a diagnosis for ADHD and the Dr...made the process so easy and smooth. Absolutely over the moon.

    Anonymous ADHD Customer, Chelmsford Clinic

    We were treated with respect and care throughout and they really looked after my daughter, putting her at ease as much as they could. They addressed all of our questions and concerns and explained everything before, during and after. I would highly recommend this team. They have helped us enormously. Thank you very much.

    Miss C A D, ASD Patient, Chelmsford

    Dr Band, Hannah and Amie were all so good with our Son. He enjoyed the experience and it wasn't stressful at all. Very impressed!

    Anonymous ADHD Customer, Chelmer Clinic

    Very welcoming on arrival and my daughter quickly settled into the independent play which wasn't necessarily expected! She was made comfortable and was engaged very quickly. Thorough and clear with outcomes shared carefully and thoughtfully.

    Anonymous ASD/ADHD Customer, Chelmer Clinic

    The facility was incredible. So impressed that we were able to be the only ones there. Superb for ASD assessments and children that will in all likelihood feel overwhelmed. Amazing supportive staff who took extra time to talk to my child and me after the assessment was completed regarding their trans gender feelings. They then adjusted the report to include my child's name and gender preferences. First time we've vocalised this to any healthcare professionals. It was dealt with so sensitively and supportively. Thank you

    Anonymous ASD/ADHD Customer

    Staff were so welcoming when we first came in and made us all feel at ease. The Dr was interested and even asked to keep my notes. The ladies who did the practical assessment were nice and seemed well informed and gave a clear explanation post assesment. Even though my daughter masks and is high functioning there seemed to be no doubt about the diagnosis. They noticed subtle behaviours and referred to them during the de brief. I was so happy to recieve the outcome in the day too. Overall we're very happy with the experience and would recommend Provide Wellbeing to others

    Parent of Miss EA, Chelmer ASD Clinic

    The team at Provide well-being were all very welcoming making our visit & overall experience relaxed & calm. They adapted to my son's anxiety when he left the room & reassuring to us as family. They delivered the outcome without my child present which I will forever be eternally grateful to them for as I already knew what the answer was going to possibly be but I was still overwhelmed with emotions & they made sure that my son did not have to witness my reaction to his diagnosis.

    Anonymous ASD/ADHD Customer, Chelmer Clinic

    Was extremely helpful made myself feel at ease with everything going on and made it a comfortable environment for my boys whilst interacting with them. Explained everything what was happening to what they had seen and was able to give me the outcome on the day!

    Anonymous ASD Customer, Chelmsford Clinic

    I just want to thank the three of you for everything you’ve done. Your service was incredible, you were all so supportive, caring, helpful and understanding.

    Anonymous ASD/ADHD Customer

    The entire process went very smoothly. I was impressed with all the information that was gathered on top of what I provided. Dr Band was absolutely lovely. He was perfect with my daughter. Thank you

    Anonymous ASD/ADHD Customer, Chelmer Clinic

    Such a lovely kind doctor. So good with my little girl. And so good to me also. Very daunting and confusing process but the doctor was so helpful explaining things to me in simple terms. Highly recommended

    Anonymous ASD/ADHD Services Customer, Stapleford House Clinic

    Hannah and Amy were amazing. Made me, my husband and twins so comfortable. Explained everything in detail and were both so caring. I couldn't thank them enough for making it easier on us.

    Anonymous, Self-Pay ASD/ADHD Customer

    Amazing! We (13 daughter & I) waited only 4 weeks for ASD assessment following referral to the Chelmer clinic from our community paediatrician. The clinic is new and set in lovely grounds. It is central and east to find. We were made to feel relaxed from the phone call to book the appt where things were explained, to the information sent via email so we'd know what to expect. On arrival Dr Band, Helen and Claire (?) were so friendly and immediately put us at ease. We felt listened to and not rushed.

    Anonymous, Southend ASD Customer

    Second time visiting, this time for myself and not my child. Dr Band is always very welcoming. Explains everything clearly. I recommend the services already for children but will extend my recommendation to adults. Thank you

    Anonymous, Adult ASD/ADHD Customer

    Dr Band was very welcoming and displayed a genuine empathetic and caring manner to my son. My son felt at ease with Dr Band which meant he was able to be honest about how he was feeling. The appointments were prompt, thorough and detailed. We were also given a plan of care for my son going forward.

    Anonymous ASD/ADHD Customer

    Amazing, kind and patient especially Dr. Band. Just really lovely person through and through.

    Anonymous, ASD/ADHD Customer

    Meet our Clinicians

    Ruth Brannigan
    Ruth Brannigan  Occupational Therapist
    Ruth qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2000 and has specialised working in Paediatrics since 2002.
    Charlotte Preston
    Charlotte Preston  Occupational Therapist
    After qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 2005, Charlotte initially spent time gaining core skills on a rotation between hospital wards and the community before specialising in Community Paediatrics.
    Dr Pradeep Sahare
    Dr Pradeep Sahare  Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician
    Dr Sahare is a Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician specialising in ASD, ADHD and developmental delay. He started working with Provide Wellbeing in 2008.
    Dr Kamba Mpenge
    Dr Kamba Mpenge  Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician
    With over 20 years' practice in Paediatrics, Dr Mpenge is a Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician and Neurodisability Specialist.
    Morag Best
    Morag Best  Occupational Therapist
    Morag specialises in the area of attachment and developmental trauma and is currently training as a Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist.
    Natasha Spong
    Natasha Spong  Speech and Language Therapist
    Natasha graduated with an MSc in Speech and Language Therapy from University of Essex and has worked with Provide CIC ever since.
    Polly Larkin
    Polly Larkin  Speech and Language Therapist
    Polly qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1996 after completing her BSc (Hons) in Birmingham, and returned to Essex in 2014 to work for Provide CIC.
    Catherine Hudson
    Catherine Hudson  Occupational Therapist
    Catherine has worked as an Occupational Therapist within the NHS for 32 years, with young people of all ages and a range of needs.
    Alix Willmore
    Alix Willmore  Speech and Language Therapist
    Alix works with a wide range of children both in the NHS and independent practice, in special needs and mainstream schools.
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    Hayley Barnes  Speech and Language Therapist
    Hayley has worked with children, young people and adults with a range of communication needs including Autism and the Criminal Justice System.
    Louise Pearce
    Louise Pearce  Speech and Language Therapist
    Louise specialises in working with children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Developmental Language Disorder (DLD).
    Hannah Westwood-Loftus
    Hannah Westwood-Loftus  Lead Occupational Therapist
    Hannah has been working as a Lead Occupational Therapist since 2006, supporting children and adults with physical and learning disabilities.
    Amy Bignell
    Amy Bignell  Lead Speech and Language Therapist
    Amy has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist since 2007 across a range of clinical settings, special schools and mainstream schools.
    Dr Amin Band
    Dr Amin Band  Lead Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician
    Dr Band is Provide Wellbeing's Lead Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician, devising integrated pathways for Autism and ADHD in Mid Essex.
    Geetha Kugan
    Dr Geetha Kugan  Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician
    Dr Kugan is trained in ASD assessments and has been Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician for Provide CIC's Community Paediatric service since 2010.
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