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Autism Diagnostic Service for Suffolk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Autism?

What does the Autism Diagnostic Service do?

What do you do if you want an autism assessment?

Who is in our team?

Where can we see you?

What happens at the assessment?

What happens after the assessment if you have Autism?

What other services offer help for people with Autism?

How can I get in touch with the Autism Diagnostic Service for Suffolk?

I need help urgently, who do I call?

 

 

 What is autism?

Different names can be used to talk about autism like:

  • Asperger's or Asperger Syndrome
  • autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
  • autism spectrum conditions (ASC)

 

We will use the word autism on this webpage.

If a person has autism it means their brain works differently.  We do not know why this happens.  Autism lasts a person's whole life.

People with autism can still do a lot of things and learn a lot of skills.

Some people with autism will live independently, some people will need some support, and some people will need lots of support.

There is not a cure for autism but there are a lot of things that can help to make life easier.

You cannot tell someone has autism just by looking at them.

Some people with autism find it difficult to:

  • understand what other people say
  • tell people what they need, and how they feel
  • meet other people and make new friends
  • understand what other people think, and how they feel

 

Some people with autism might:

  • be very interested in one thing and know a lot about it
  • only talk about their favourite subject
  • like to do some things the same way every day
  • copy what other people say
  • not join in with games or activities with other people
  • be good at remembering information
  • do well at school, college and work

 

Everyone is different; this means autism will be different for everyone.

 

What does the Autism Diagnostic Service do?

We try to and find out if a person has autism.  This is called an assessment.

We work with the person, and their family, if that is OK.

We have 2 teams:

​the youth team who:
  • see young people aged 11 – 17 years
  • have a GP in Suffolk
​the adult team who:
  • see people 18 years and older
  • have a GP in Suffolk

 

 

 

Click the buttons below to view the information in an easy read format: 

 

 

 

 

What do you do if you want an autism assessment?

Speak to your GP or another professional.  This could be a school nurse, social worker or other health professionals like a speech and language therapist (SLT).

A referral can be made if you, and the professional you speak to, think it is needed.

Together you can fill out a referral form (your GP has referral forms.  Other professionals can request these from our service) The professional then sends it to:

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust,
Access and Assessment Team (AAT),
Mariner House,
Handford Road,
Ipswich,
IP1 2GA

The AAT will look at the referral and:

  • if they agree an autism assessment would be best, they will send it to us
  • sometimes they will ask for more information
  • sometimes they will send the referral to a different team, if they think that is a better service for you

What happens at the assessment?

To offer a full assessment (that meets national guidelines) we ask people who know you well for information e.g. school or college. We will check this is OK with you first (this is called getting consent).We ask for this information before we offer you an appointment.

When we are able to see you we will send you an appointment letter. This will say:

  • who you are meeting
  • the date and time of the meeting
  • where the meeting will be

 

The first appointment is:

  • to get to know you, and more about your family
  • to talk about what we can do
  • to talk about what we can't do
  • to give you a chance to ask any questions
  • for you to choose if  you want to carry on with the assessment

 

We will think about what we need to do together with you.

Often we need to find out more information.  We can do this by:

  • meeting with you to do some activities
  • meeting with your parents, carers or partner
  • going to school/college to see you
  • visiting you at home
  • asking you, or someone that knows you well, to fill out some questionnaires (forms to find out more about you, what is easy and what is difficult)

 

Our assessments do not include any x-rays, scans or blood tests.

When we have enough information we can;

  • finish our assessment and tell you what we think
  • write a report, and send it to you, your GP, and other people you choose 

 

The report will say if you have autism, this is called the diagnosis.

If we say you don't have autism, we might be able to tell you if we think there is something else that makes things difficult for you.

We will ask you to come and meet us to talk about the assessment and the report.  You can bring someone with you, like a family member or a friend, if you want to.

We can give you some advice and talk about other services that might be able to help. Click on the picture to find out more.

 

What happens after the assessment if you have autism?

If we say you have autism we can help you:

  • to understand more about autism
  • to think about things that can be helpful in everyday life
  • to find out about other services and what they do
  • make referrals to other services if needed
  • We are not able to offer you support that lasts for a long time.

 

If you have autism we can also help your parents, carers or partner to:

  • understand more about autism
  • think about things that can be helpful in everyday life
  • think about their own needs

 

We are not able to offer them support that lasts for a long time.

 

 

 

 

Who is in our team?

Our team is made up of different professionals.  That just means different people with different skills. 

Click the buttons below to:

  • see photos of our team
  • find out about what each person does

 

 

 

 

 

Where can we see you?

We will try to see you close to your home. Click the picture buttons below to see photos and videos of the places we can see you in

  • Ipswich
  • Stowmarket
  • Bury St Edmunds

 

 

 

 

 

What other services offer help for people with Autism?

Click on the buttons below to find out what other useful local and national services are available for people with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition or Asperger's Syndrome:

 

 

 

 

How can I get in touch with the Autism Diagnostic Service for Suffolk?

Please contact the team via any of the methods below:

Autism Diagnostic Service Suffolk
Haymills House,
Station Road East,
              Stowmarket
              IP14 1RF

 

01449 745200

 

Autism-Diagnosis-Service@nsft.nhs.uk

 

 

 


 

I need help urgently! Who do I call?

If you need medical help or advice please contact your GP or call 111 - click here for the NHS 111 leaflet