Autistic Spectrum Conditions
Autistic Spectrum Conditions include Autism and Asperger Syndrome. They begin in childhood and continue through adulthood
Causes of Autistic Spectrum Conditions
It is thought that complex genetic and environmental factors are involved in causing autistic spectrum conditions.
There are a wide range of symptoms which can include
- Sensory hypersensitivities
- Preference for routine
- Difficulty with change
- Difficulties with social interactions
- Limitations in reading body language, facial expression and verbal cues
- Literal thinking
- Narrow scope of interests
Assessment of Autistic Spectrum Conditions
Our ASC assessments take place over 2 x 1 hour consultations and involve assessment by a consultant psychiatrist experienced in the diagnosis of ASC.
These appointments involve a clinical interview including a full developmental, family and medical history. You will also be asked to complete a series of questionnaires. Where appropriate an interview with someone who knows you well (preferably someone who knew you when you were a child- this can be done by telephone), may be conducted. At the end of the assessment process you will be given the opportunity to discuss the diagnosis and will receive a full report detailing the assessment and conclusions.
A letter conforming an ASC diagnosis can be arranged for employers/ universities.
If we think there is a different reason or additional reasons you are having difficulties, we will discuss this with you and offer advice and/or signposting to potential sources of support and/or for additional assessment.
Treatment of Autistic Spectrum Conditions
There is no treatment for ASC. Most individuals however find a diagnosis very helpful in allowing them and others to understand their areas of strength and weakness.
As a consequence a diagnosis of ASC in adulthood can be transformative.
Rates of anxiety and depression can be higher in adults with ASC and our team can help diagnose and optimise treatment of any associated mental health conditions.
There are also higher rates of other ADHD. Our consultant psychiatrists are skilled in assessing, diagnosing and treating this condition.