It is estimated that at least 1% of the adult population has Autism. Historically it has been very difficult for adults to access appropriate services or obtain a formal diagnosis of their difficulties.
In line with the recommendations in the Autism Act 2009, we have developed an assessment and diagnosis service for adults.
We provide a full assessment of strengths and difficulties (including daily living activities), and provide a diagnosis (where appropriate), together with the option to book follow-up support sessions for individuals and/or their families.
Additionally, we have extensive experience of working within secure forensic settings, and can also provide this type of assessment for individuals detained under the Mental Health Act, or those involved with the Criminal Justice System.
In those cases where ‘fitness to plead’ or ‘mens rea’ (guilty mind) is in question, we can also act as an Expert Witness.
Finally, we have extensive experience of providing parenting assessments for care proceedings, where it is suspected that parents may have a developmental difficulty, such as Autism.
ASD including the PDA profile – Adolescents and adults
There is very little research available which looks at the long-term outcome for children with the PDA profile who are either not diagnosed, or whose families do not receive appropriate help and support. However, our many years’ of experience in assessment and diagnosis, and working in inpatient and forensic settings, suggest that both adolescents and young adults with undiagnosed PDA may be at significant risk of mental health problems including depression and anxiety. They may self-harm or present with significant behaviour challenges. Some may be wrongly diagnosed with Personality Disorders.
We have extensive experience in diagnosing and working with both adolescents and young adults, and have developed expertise at ‘unpicking’ the PDA profile from other difficulties (e.g. Attachment Disorders) and mental health problems.