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Aoife Hogan

Our Philosophy

We believe that parents know their child best. We are here to advocate for them and provide     

a care centred around their child's need.


 Comprehensive and timely support can make all the difference. We take pride in offering a diagnostic and management service for Autism and other conditions in a timely manner.

All our assessments are based on gold standard and NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines. We follow DSM 5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5th revision) criteria to ensure standardised assessment of all conditions.


Based on extensive experience we are able to provide early diagnosis, interventions, robust strategies as well as signpost parents to the right support for their child. 

In addition to face to face consultation, we offer the flexibility to book online appointments for initial parental consultation and some specific assessments. The online consultation is prearranged with families at a time to suit their needs and schedule.

Our professional support will be there for as long as you need it.

Meet our team

The right professionals to support your child

At Autism doctor we work with hand picked professionals who are skilled in their areas of expertise. We choose the right professional to match your child's needs


Dr Deepshikha Thakur

Founder and Clinical Director


Dr Deepshikha (Deepa) Thakur has a vast and varied paediatric experience spanning over 25 years. ​Her special interest is in Autism Spectrum Disorder, particularly Autism in girls and teenagers, as well as complex Autism and those presenting with Emotional Dysregulation.

In addition, she is an expert in the assessment and management of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyspraxia, Developmental Delay and other aspects of Neurodevelopmental Paediatrics.

She holds key leadership roles within the NHS in relation to Autism and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) as the Clinical Director and Autism Lead in her current NHS Trust. She has been a Designated Medical Officer (DMO) in Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust for several years. She is a chair of the East of England Autism Development Group.

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


She has presented at international and national conferences, including the prestigious RCPCH. 


She is an author of the Autism chapter in the Trainees Handbook published by Jay Pee Brothers.

Our Associates

Dr Veronica Govender

Dr Veronica Govender Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician

Ms. Katy Bridgewood

Ms Katy Bridgewood Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Ms. Roberta Mackey

Ms. Roberta Mackey Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Iman Omar

Iman Omar Highly Specialist Speech and Language therapist

Dipaley Patel

Ms Dipaley Patel Speech & Language Associate Practitioner

Gemma Handelsman photo_edited

Dr Gemma Handelsman Educational Psychologist

Ms. Maria Hadi

Ms. Maria Hadi Highly Specialist Speech And Language Therapist

Karen McNicholas

Ms Karen McNicholas Personal Assistant

Ms Bhagyavati Jethwa

Ms Bhagyavati Jethwa Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Dr Puja Dave

Dr Puja Dave Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician


Aoife Hogan Occupational Therapist

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