The SIGA (previously the SIG in Autism Spectrum Disorder) was founded in November 2001.
Professional Practice Guidelines for the Assessment, Formulation, and Diagnosis of Autism in Children and Adolescents, 2nd Edition (Published May 2022 - see downloads section)
Best Practice Guidelines for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders for children and adolescents (birth to 18 years), first edition (2010 - see downloads section)
Supporting PSI response to HSE Draft Autism Protocol
Supporting PSI response to HSE Autism Services Review
Psychological assessments for Autism should be comprehensive and person-centred. Assessments take time to carry out, for both young people and adults, exploring a person's developmental history, strengths, needs, social interaction style, and presenting behavioural and/or sensory issues. Psychology is not currently regulated in the Republic of Ireland. CORU will regulate the profession in the future, however the current time frame for this is unknown.
For those seeking an Autism assessment, it is recommended to speak to a professional who is a Chartered Psychologist with PSI or BPS, to ensure you are confident in his/her experience, expertise, qualifications and competencies. Whilst there is currently no statutory regulation of psychologists under Irish law, all psychologists who have designated chartered status with PSI or BPS are bound by ethical and governance standards of their respective professional body.
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