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You may be concerned about yourself or a family member and worry that some of your/their difficulties in life may be linked with ASD. Some people with ASD grow up without ever being diagnosed, sometimes through choice. However, getting a diagnosis as an adult can often help people with ASD and their families understand their issues and work out what kind of support they need to improve their life.

Some adults who are concerned about ASD may already be involved with Mental Health Services, Learning Disability Services, Physical Sensory Disability Services (core services) or you may currently receive no other health services. This section of the website aims to give you the information you need on the assessment process, what happens after and the support available to an adult and their family if an ASD diagnosis is made.

If you have concerns about yourself or a family member and haven’t done so already, you should firstly speak to your GP, Social Worker or other professional. They will make a referral to the Northern Trust’s Adult ASD Service.

Adult ASD Service

The Adult ASD Service is a Trust wide service for adults aged 18+ who experience difficulties in their lives linked with ASD. The service aims to help people identify and understand their difficulties and find helpful ways of coping.

In line with the Regional Autistic Spectrum Disorder Network (RASDN) “Autism Adult Care Pathway”, the Adult ASD Service aims to:

  • Provide and deliver a high quality assessment and diagnostic service for adults where concerns regarding ASD have been identified
  • 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 Adult ASD Service is made up of staff from a number of professional backgrounds, providing a range of knowledge and skills. The team includes:

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • ASD Practitioner

Autism Strategy 2013-2020

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