We provide an assessment service for adults (aged 16+) registered with a GP surgery in Cornwall. (Note: We are not able to accept referrals for individuals who are currently open to secondary care services such as a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT). For those individuals an assessment should be sought from their CMHT as part of their ongoing care package, if considered clinically appropriate).
Not everyone with Asperger syndrome wishes to have a formal diagnosis and it is entirely down to the individual if they chose to take up an offer of an assessment. However, there are a number of reasons why a diagnosis can be helpful. For example, some people find a positive diagnosis can be a relief because it allows them to learn more about their condition and understand why they may have experienced certain difficulties in their life. Having a diagnosis can also help other people understand and empathise more easily with some of the differences and difficulties a person with Asperger’s may have.
In addition, a diagnosis can facilitate access to entitled benefits and more appropriately tailored advice and support from services. Finally, having a definite diagnosis can be helpful in leading on to making contact with other people with the same condition. This can help an individual to feel more connected and accepted, and enable them to celebrate the many strengths and talents that come with having Asperger syndrome, with like-minded people.
The overall aim of the assessment is to increase understanding of any differences and difficulties that the person has experienced throughout their lifetime, as well as to highlight areas of personal strength and ability. Within this, we are looking to explore whether a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome may be most appropriate in terms of explaining the experiences that have been described. Whilst it is not always possible, or appropriate, to confirm a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome from this assessment, whatever the outcome, we will try to offer suggestions and recommendations that might be helpful in improving your quality of life, if required.
For more information about our assessment and diagnostic services for Asperger syndrome, please see our leaflet and 'Easy Read Assessment Process' document which can be found in the Additional Resources section below. Alternatively, select the appropriate referral form below.
Please note: Your GP will be made aware of any assessment that you have through our diagnostic service.