Stockton JSNA


Autism

What services are currently provided?

Diagnosis and treatment
Diagnosing ASDs can be difficult since there is no medical test, like a blood test, to diagnose the disorders. Clinicians look at the child’s behaviour and development to make a diagnosis.  ASDs can sometimes be detected at 18 months or younger. However, many children do not receive a final diagnosis until much older.  This delay means that children with an ASD might not get the help they need.

There is currently no cure for ASDs. However, research shows that early intervention treatment services can greatly improve a child’s development.  Services can include therapy to help the child talk, walk, and interact with others.  Therefore, it is important to involve clinicians as soon as possible if a child has an ASD or other developmental problem.  In addition, treatment for particular symptoms, such as speech therapy for language delays, often does not need to wait for a formal ASD diagnosis.

Local authority services
A review of autism services across Teeside was undertaken during 2011/12 with a view to informing commissioners on further service provision. A day service for people with Autism was set up following this review.

Specialist care and support
Where specialist care and support is required a Tees-wide autism framework agreement is in place. This is a collaboration between four Tees local authorities and identifies eleven providers of care deemed to have the skills, competencies and knowledge to work with adults with autism.

Autism Partnership Board
The board is a multi-agency forum that brings together commissioners and the autism community to identify local priorities and enable a more strategic approach to developing better outcomes for people with autism.  This is carried out through the Teesside Autism Strategy Development Group (TASDG), a sub-regional network of organisations interested in improving service provision in Teesside.

 

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