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Autism Doctor

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Autism doctor was created in response to high demands of parents and families who were looking for professional, personalised and timely care for their child. There are often long and unclear pathways for assessment of Autism and other developmental conditions like ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Developmental Delay, Dyspraxia, Learning Difficulties, Sleep problems related to above conditions.

Lengthy waiting times for assessment is frustrating to families and in the absence of clear diagnosis parents and professionals may not be able to adequately support the child's needs. Delayed diagnosis can lead to increased stress and strain on relationships. It can also deny the child the help they need.

​It is a known fact that early interventions can be effective for many children. ​A comprehensive and timely support can make all the difference.

We take pride in offering a diagnostic and management service for Autism in a timely manner.

In addition to face to face consultation, we offer the flexibility to book online appointments for initial parental consultation and some specific parent only interviews. This is for those families who wish to have the flexibility. The online consultation is prearranged with families at a time to suit their needs and schedule.

 

The advantages of online assessments are:

  • Flexible hours to meet families needs

  • Minimises disruption to the rest of the schedule

  • Preferred mode of contact for some families

  • Environmental Friendly

Please note that for a full diagnostic assessment process, online appointment alone may not be sufficient. We may need to examine the child and undertake direct some observations too. This can be flexibly arranged. 

Lead Clinician: Dr Deepshikha Thakur

Qualifications and Memberships:

MBBS

MRCPCH

MD (Paediatrics)

Post Graduate Diploma in Paediatric Neurodisability

Member of RCPCH ( Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health)

Member of BACCH (British Association of Community Child Health)

Member of BACD (British Association of Childhood Disability)

Current Role:

Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician in Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust.

Experience:

Dr Deepshikha (Deepa) Thakur has a vast and varied paediatric experience spanning over 20 years. Her special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder particularly Autism in girls and teenagers as well as complex Autism. In addition, she is an expert in assessment and management of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyspraxia, Developmental Delay and other aspects of Neurodisability and Developmental Paediatrics.

She has been involved in the capacity of chief investigator in a  feasibility Research Trial using a robot (KASPAR) to improve joint attention, imitation and turn taking in children on Autism Spectrum

 

Leadership Roles

  • Lead doctor for Autism in Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

  • Chair of Hertfordshire Autism Interest Group

  • Board member of Hertfordshire All Age Autism Partnership Board

  • Chair of Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) subgroup of East of England Community Paediatrics Group

  • Designated Medical Officer West Hertfordshire for children and young people with Special Education Needs and Disability

  • Chief investigator of a NIHR (National Institute of Health Research) funded research project Kaspar Research trial

Associates

Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist & Chartered Child and Educational Psychologist:  Dr Ruth Rogers

Qualifications and Memberships:

- DEdPsy

- CPsychol

- MSc - Psychology

- BSc (Hons) – Speech Sciences

- Dip. Dyslexia and Literacy

- Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)

- Member of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP)

- Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

- Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (BDA)

- Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Current Role:

Independent work providing assessment, intervention and training in her roles as a Child and Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist and Dyslexia Assessor and Teacher.

Experience:

- Dr Ruth Rogers has extensive experience in assessing and providing intervention for 0-25 year olds since she first qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2001.  Her work has involved assessing and delivering intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia, Stammering, and Speech and Language Disorders/Delays. Her expertise lies in differential diagnosis of complex cases, identifying strengths and needs,  providing evidence-based interventions and supporting schools and families to enable children and young people to make progress. 

- Dr Ruth Rogers has worked for the NHS and Local Authorities. She has experience across a range of community clinics, mainstream schools, special schools and speech and language bases across Hertfordshire, Harrow, Hillingdon,  Buckinghamshire and Essex.  In her Education Psychologist role, she has delivered Autism Education Trust Training to school staff across Hertfordshire to upskill schools in providing Autism friendly environments and support children with Autism effectively.  She has a special interest in the impact of different types of Special Educational Needs, particularly Autism, ADHD and DLD on mental health.

Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist: Miss Katy Bridgewood

Qualifications and Memberships:

- Bsc (Hons) - Linguistics and Language Pathology

- Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)

- Member of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP)

- Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Current Role:

- Katy runs a private SLT practice. She works within homes and education settings, to assess and support children's speech, language and communication needs(SLCN); working closely with families and other professionals involved.

- Katy also volunteers with a local charity supporting pre-school children with physical difficulties.

Experience:

  • Having qualified in 2006 from Reading University, Katy has extensive experience supporting children with a wide range of speech, language, communication and feeding difficulties, aged 0-19 years.

  • She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, homes, clinics, mainstream schools, pre-school sen settings, and primary/secondary special schools. Katy has worked within the NHS, in education, and independently.

  • Katy has a special interest in early language and communication development; and pre-school/school age children with special educational needs (including autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, other genetic/neurological conditions, and developmental delay). She uses a variety of approaches within sessions including Parent-Child interaction (PCI), Makaton and Alternative Augmentauve Communication systems (AAC), including PECS.

  • Building rapport with children and their families is something that Katy prides herself on. She ensures the experience is positive and child-centred; and carers/staff have a better understanding of how to support and meet the children's needs going forward.

Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist: Roberta Mackey

Qualifications and Memberships:

-Bsc (Hons) - Speech and Language Therapy

-Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)

-Member of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP)

-Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

-Regional Makaton Tutor

-Member of Paediatric Dysphagia CEN

Current Role:

Roberta works privately alongside her NHS job where she manages a large caseload of children and young people (CYP) with severe speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). Additionally, Roberta works on the Neonatal and Paediatric wards at Northwick Park Hospital, supporting babies and children with their eating and drinking development.

Experience:

  • Since graduating with a BSc Hons from Birmingham City University in 2010, Roberta has gained extensive experience. She works with CYP, aged 0-19 years with a variety of communication difficulties and complex needs including, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay and Paediatric Dysphagia (eating and drinking difficulties). She is also a certified Makaton tutor.

  • Roberta believes in collaborative working. She works hard to build trust and rapport to establish meaningful and supportive relationships with the children and families she works with, as well as educational staff. She provides knowledge and training on how best to support and develop their children’s communicative skills and/or eating and drinking skills, in all environments.

  • Roberta works in a variety of settings, the home environment, schools and nurseries as well as clinics and hospitals. She uses different approaches to support communication such as Parent-Child Interaction, Makaton, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and more.

  • She has supported parents through applying for and gaining educational health care plans and liaising with the wider multi-disciplinary team, if required.

  • Roberta offers a friendly, holistic and approachable service and is extremely passionate about empowering and educating parents, caregivers and professionals to enable children to reach their full potential.

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Mon – Fri 17.00 – 20.00

Saturday 09.00 – 14.00

Sunday 09.00 – 13.00

Neurodevelopmental Services Private Limited 

Spire Bushey Hospital

Heathbourne Road

Bushey

Hertfordshire, WD23 1RD

07486531240

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