Support available following diagnosis

After a diagnosis of ASD is given, if required, the person will be referred to the ASD Intervention Service.

Some adults with ASD are already involved with Mental Health Services, Learning Disability Services or Physical/Sensory Disability Services (core services) and they will continue to get support from these services. Additional guidance and support is available to professionals in core services from the ASD Intervention Service if required, to help them ensure their input is autism-sensitive. Support is also available to those adults who do not have contact with core services through the ASD Intervention Team.

Aims of the ASD Intervention Service

  • Provide consultation/advice to health professionals in core services to ensure their input with adults is autism-sensitive 
  • Provide ASD awareness to individuals who are newly diagnosed and their families 
  • Support, advise and signpost services for adults aged 18 years and over who have a diagnosis of ASD
  • Family support will be provided as required.

The ASD Intervention Service will work in partnership with other Trust services, education, employment, housing, criminal justice, leisure and voluntary agencies as required meeting the needs of those with ASD.

The Service will address the identified needs through a person-centred approach with the individual and their families being central to the assessment process and will participate fully in formulating their own support plan.

Adults who receive services from Mental Health, Learning Disability or Physical Sensory Disability

If the person already receives support from Mental Health, Learning Disability or Physical Sensory Disability Services an ASD Intervention Therapist will provide consultation/advice to key workers working with the individual in the development and implementation of a support plan which will address identified needs, promote self-confidence, independence and develop life skills and problem solving.

The key worker role will remain from these core services and will co-ordinate support plans, reviews and will ensure the ASD Intervention Therapist is involved with individuals care and support as and when required dependent on need.

Adults who don't receive services from Mental Health, Learning Disability or Physical Sensory Disability

An ASD Intervention Therapist will work with the individual, their families with input from other agencies (as appropriate), in the development and implementation of a support plan which will address identified needs, promote self-confidence, independence and develop life skills and problem solving.

Regular monitoring and reviews will take place to ensure goals/targets are met. Timely and appropriate delivery of support will be provided to enable the individual to increase their skills, knowledge and independence across various transition points.

The ASD Intervention Service provides time limited interventions and discharge is a natural progression.

Page last updated:13 January 2014