What TAASC is...
And the work it does with young children.
The Team for Assessment of Attention and Social Communication (TAASC) was specifically set up to answer any questions parents may have about autism and ADHD. Since every young person develops in a complex and unique way, it takes multiple viewpoints to assess their behaviours or performance reliability. TAASC brings together different highly trained professionals in its team in order to achieve just this, and assist in the healthy development of a child or young person through a holistic and tailor-made assessment pathway based on current international standards.
Although flexible enough to cater for individual needs, TAASC is principally structured along specific pathways. These are:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Assessment Pathway
- Attention-Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder (ADHD) Assessment Pathway
- Attachment Disorder Assessment Pathway
- Education Assessment Pathway
- At Risk of Severe Mental Disorders Assessment Pathway
- Challenging Behaviour Assessment Pathway
During assessments, different specialists contribute via a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) meeting, wherein reference is made to international diagnostic criteria in order to reach a conclusion. The outcomes and resulting professional recommendations are discussed with patients or parents / caregivers during a feedback session. The summary of the assessment and feedback is then provided in the form of a report, alongside information as to the expected costs of any specified treatment. Any necessary sessions can then be set up in a timely manner.
TAASC professionals can also communicate their conclusions and recommendations to important stakeholders in the development of a child, such as school personnel or family doctors, and can liaise with them as necessary for effective treatment. Further interactive feedback sessions may also be scheduled for a few weeks after the end of an assessment pathway to tackle any new queries which arise.
As is deemed necessary from the conclusions of the assessment process, a variety of standardised interventions can be provided by the rich variety of professional expertise within TAASC including:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy;
- Family Therapy;
- Play Therapy;
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy;
- Gestalt Psychotherapy;
- Applied Behaviour Analysis;
- Occupational Therapy;
- Speech and Language Therapy;
- Social Language Groups; and
- Child and Family Interventions.
All professionals within TAASC are extremely committed to their patients and hold themselves to the highest professional standards. Patients and parents/caregivers can rest assured that the quality of service meets accepted and expected international standards. Indeed, children deserve nothing less.