I am the Information and Advice Worker for
Scope, and part of my role is to respond to posts on the community web page.
I have responded to you post as I have a
colleague who has a child with the same condition as your child and has gone
through a similar assessment as you’re going through be it a number of years
ago and she was able to offer some advice on her experience
When talking to her she did say that the
assessment she took had a different name so they may do the assessment in a slightly
different way but there may be some similarities.
My colleague has emailed me information on her experience
that you may find useful
With my own son we had an ADOS
assessments, but before that we had a parental interview which lasted a couple
of hours and this may be similar to 3di? Although from what I can gather the
3di is computer based. I think there is mention of it on the National Autistic
Society website if you search on there.
My son was diagnosed when he was
8 years old, after going through many years of assessments and meetings! Just
before diagnosis, we went into a parental interview which took around 2 hours
and was quite extensive in terms of the amount of questions that were asked.
A lot of the questions were what
we had already been asked many times before by different professionals and it
often feels like you are repeating yourself!
The questions started with my
pregnancy history, birth details…birth weight, normal birth etc. Then there
were a lots of questions around developmental stages…when did he sit up/smile/roll/stand/walk/crawl
There was questions around when
did he smile, did he make eye contact, did he used to point to things?
There were questions on how did
he play and what were his favourite games. Did he speak and could he understand
words? I had chance to tell them about his sensory issues and his difficulty
dealing with his emotions and the meltdowns.
Basically, everything about my
son right through the years. It was intensive, but I didn’t find it too scary
or formal. Following on from this we were sent an appointment for an ‘ADOS’
test and after this we finally received his diagnosis a few months later.
end of email
If you go into google search and type in 3di assessment you
may find some information on other parents experience of doing the assessments.
I had a quick look at the results and the comments were
brief and quite a few years old so not sure how relevant they will be. So it
maybe best you do the search yourself and you can pick out the web site that
you find relevant.
Although I have found this web site that show example of
questions they will ask and also it list the area they look at I can’t guarantee
its accuracy so do treat with caution but it does seem to give you a snap shot
of the types of questions you may get.
When I was doing the search I ended up at the Netmums
website I am not sure if you are aware
of Netmums, but if you haven’t you may want to go and have a look, similar to
Scope community forum it is a opportunity to talk to other parents about their
experiences and there may be more upto dates posts around 3di
I hope this
information helps a little
Information and Advice Worker Northern Region