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.