Family & Education

New autism diagnostic centre opens in London

The service, a spin-off from Gesher School, will begin assessments next month


Gesher, the special educational school, has launched a new assessment and diagnostic centre for autism and related conditions.

The Gesher Assessment Centre, which is located five minutes’ away from the school’s Pinner site but which will operate as a separate facility, is now taking bookings for next month.

Ali Durban, the centre’s founder and co-founder of the school, said, "For many families finding the right assessment can be confusing and challenging. So, in setting up the centre, we listened to parents' needs to create a warm, compassionate approach that supports parents, carers, and children throughout the assessment process and beyond.”

Leandri Ferreira, clinical lead of the centre, said it was “anchored in best practice and uses the gold standard frameworks ADI-R and ADOS-2.”

Its team of experts were all registered with with the Health and Care Professions Council and had a “deep knowledge of special education needs,” she added.

“What’s different about the centre is that we have sought ways to ease the pressures on families by dealing with unnecessary delays and offering practical and thorough advice."

The centre has been opened with the support of the Rosetrees Trust.

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