Re:Cognition Health has expanded its children and young people’s service by launching an autism clinic to meet the increasing demand for assessments.
Paediatrician Dr Christina Georgoula and psychologists Ifi Mourelatoun and Barbara Blanco have joined the multi-disciplinary team offering autism assessments for children from 18 months old to complement the companys’ ADHD clinics.
The autism clinic includes the Early Start Denver Model therapy, an intervention play-based programme to treat infants and toddlers with autism. The therapy is designed to enhance language, non-verbal communication, imitation, joint attention, play, motor and self-care skills.
Re:Cognition’s autism assessment is provided by a team comprising a paediatrician, child psychiatrist, speech and language therapist and psychologist.
It involves an autism diagnostic interview revised (ADI-R), followed by the autism diagnostic observational schedule (ADOS) play-based assessment with the child, which reviews the young person’s communication and social behaviour through age-appropriate games, activities and conversation. Following these assessments, a report will be issued with diagnosis, guidance and recommendations.
Dustin Reibe, clinical services director at Re:Cognition, launched the clinic in response to public demand for an early and accurate diagnosis for children.
‘The autism clinic complements our existing services including neurological care, ADHD, medico-legal, repetitive head injury, long Covid and medicinal cannabis, which are all designed to help enhance capabilities and optimise the performance of the brain and mind,’ he said.
Dr Emer MacSweeney, chief executive and medical director at Re:Cognition Health, added: ‘We have ambitious growth plans for our clinical services at Re:Cognition Health and are looking forward to further exciting launches to help improve mental and cognitive health.’