‘Autistic spectrum condition (ASC) is an umbrella term that includes a wide range of abilities, presentations and personalities. Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome affect how a person communicates with and relates to other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them and is sometimes associated with sensory sensitivities. As developmental disorders, autistic spectrum conditions are often diagnosed in childhood. Although increasing awareness has led to more and more adults – often newly diagnosed – seeking help for anxiety, depression and difficulties with daily living.
At The Eaves, we have clinicians that specialise in ASC. We offer diagnostic services (using the autism diagnostic interview ‘ADI-R’ and autism diagnostic observation scale, ‘ADOS’). We also offer training about autism, clinical supervision and clinical interventions. We are able to work on a 1:1 basis with adults or with families and children.
There is no cure for autism but research and clinical experience demonstrate that there are interventions that can minimise difficulties and build on strengths. This work is underpinned by a thorough assessment to understand the person we are working with. Our clinicians offer individualised treatment plans often aimed at improving social functioning, teaching coping strategies and reducing comorbid symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. Challenging behaviour is not uncommon, and we aim to understand what these behaviours are communicating. Often this work involves working with a person’s support system and asking for detailed information if the individual is not able to describe their own internal world.