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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
Please note that for a full diagnostic assessment process, online appointment alone is not sufficient. We need to examine the child and undertake direct some observations too. This can be flexibly arranged.
Lead Clinician: Dr Deepshikha Thakur
Qualifications and Memberships:
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)
Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician in Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust.
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
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