Adult Autism Assessment Team
We provide an assessment service if you have concerns about your difficulties communicating and relating to others, and have ever wondered about the possibility of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is sometimes referred to as ASC or Autism, and was previously known as Aspergers syndrome.
ASD isn’t a mental health illness, although some people with autism might also have mental health conditions.
Although ASD can make some things like work, education and personal relationships challenging at times, it’s important to know that it doesn’t limit what you can achieve.
While people with ASD may share similar symptoms and habits, everybody’s experiences will be different. For example, you might prefer routines and dislike change, and might be good at noticing patterns and small details, and seeing things in a different way.
There’s no medical test for ASD. Instead, we offer a diagnosis assessment service to help us see if there are any clear signs for an ASD diagnosis.
Our assessment may take up to three hours and will be carried out by two of our specialists. This is only an assessment, and not a detailed treatment.
Unfortunately we don’t provide an assessment if you’re already diagnosed with ASD.
Once you’re referred to us, we’ll arrange an appointment with you. We’ll get to know you and ask you about your experiences as an adult and in your childhood, such as:
- Personal history
- How you’re feeling now
- Your education and work experiences
- Your relationships
- Hobbies and habits
Some signs of ASD can occur in early childhood, so it can be really helpful to bring a parent or older sibling to your appointment. If this isn’t possible, please bring a partner or friend who knows you well.
If we’re unable to collect this developmental information, we may not be able to provide a full diagnosis.
After your appointment, we’ll suggest different types of treatment, and give you and your GP a diagnosis report. This report can help you with things such as:
- Workplace assessments
- Benefits assessments
- Arrangements with your teachers if you’re in education
- Court cases you may be involved with
If we think you’ll benefit from it, we may offer you a place in our post diagnostic group called Being Me. This isn’t a treatment service, but an education programme which can help you and your family learn more about your ASD diagnosis. Each session lasts up to two hours.
If a diagnosis of ASD isn’t made, we’ll guide you to other appropriate services so you can find the help you need. This could be at our hospital, or other organisations we work with.
We accept referrals for anybody over the age of 17 and half years old. If you’re younger, our CYPF Autism Assessment Team can support you.
Unfortunately, we don’t accept self referrals.
To see us, please request a referral from your GP. They will complete a screening questionnaire with you to help decide if our service might be helpful to you.
We also accept referrals from other healthcare professionals including psychologists and psychiatrists, through our Common Point of Entry service.
If you’re referred to us, we’ll send you three questionnaires, which will help us get to know you better.
One of these questionnaires should be completed by someone who knew you as a child. Please return all of the questionnaires to us by email or post and we’ll add you to the waiting list.
If you have any questions, you can contact our team. Autism Berkshire Society may also be able to help if you want to know more about ASD.
Call 01189 296472
Our assessment centre is at 25 Erleigh Road, Reading RG1 5LR.
Our assessments are by appointment only. If you don’t have an appointment, please check how to access our service.
We’re open from the following times:
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If you feel at risk of hurting yourself or others, call 999.
If you need to talk to someone now, you can call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90
You can also call our Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team (CHRTT) on 0300 365 9999, make an emergency appointment with your GP or visit your local A&E.