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Monday 19 August 2019
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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Adult Autism Spectrum Disorder assessment

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People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) experience core difficulties which are common across the spectrum. These may include issues with:

  • Social Interaction

  • Social Communication

  • Social Imagination

People with ASD may have difficulty planning and organising their day, getting started on a task, doing more than one task at a time, moving between tasks or knowing what to do with their time.

People with ASD may also have a strong desire to stick to familiar activities and find change or unexpected situations difficult. They may have very strong interests and know a lot about one subject.

How will a diagnosis of ASD help?

Receiving a diagnosis of ASD can give individuals, their friends and family a better understanding of the person’s needs and abilities. It could also provide an alternative explanation to common misdiagnoses, such as personality disorder.

A diagnosis should enable individuals to access support so that they can manage the difficulties they experience.

It can also help individuals identify their unique strengths and abilities rather than seeing their differences as difficulties alone.

Derbyshire Adult Autism Assessment Service

The Adult Autism Assessment Service team provides diagnostic assessments for adults aged 18 years and over who are suspected of having ASD, do not have a learning disability and have given their consent.

The service covers the whole of Derbyshire and occasionally people outside of the county if they lived in Derbyshire at the time they were initially referred.

For more information about the service offered, please see our information leaflet.


If you have any questions please contact:

Telephone: 0300 1234574

Email: dhcft.autism@nhs.net