Outlook South West provides assessment and diagnosis of Asperger syndrome (AS).
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. These people can be supportive and empathise with the difficulties and experiences that a person with Asperger’s might have previously felt alone with.
The overall aim of the assessment is to increase understanding of any 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. Following the assessment we hope to be able to signpost to any relevant support options that we feel might be helpful in improving the person’s ability to live a fulfilling and comfortable life.
For more information about our assessment and diagnostic services for Asperger syndrome, read our leaflet by following this link.
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.