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Our services – Autistic spectrum disorder


National Service Directory


Partnerships in Care 25


Autistic spectrum disorder service


PiC provides specialist assessment, treatment and care for adults with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in a low secure environment.


The service actively encourages the learning of life and social skills. Each person will have a recovery plan based on their shared care pathway. The team with special interest in ASD includes:


• Consultant psychiatrist • Clinical psychologist • Nursing and care staff • Occupational therapist • Speech and language therapist • Social worker • Physiotherapist


“I chair my own CPA


meetings and invite the people I want to come” Patient -


Burston House


This team is supported by the community services of a dietician, GP, dentist, optician and chiropodist. Other specialist service providers can be accessed where necessary. All services are delivered in a low stimulus environment that encourages and respects patient choice and autonomy. All staff receive additional training that ensures that they understand the unique needs of each patient.


ASD is a lifelong neuro-developmental disorder. The interventions are offered based on individual need. They aim to address issues that both the diagnosis of ASD and any other co-morbid disorders such as depression or anxiety are having on the person’s ability to live outside secure accommodation. Any interventions are based on a thorough, multidisciplinary assessment and their effectiveness is monitored through a process of observation and evaluation.


Our multidisciplinary team is led by a consultant psychiatrist with extensive experience in ASD. Whilst the main thrust of treatment is behavioural and psychosocial, a full review of medication will be carried out and appropriate psychotropic medication may be prescribed as an adjunct. As well as a range of psychological, social, life skills and rehabilitation interventions, we offer a number of specific programmes for offending behaviour. These include sex offender treatment programmes, arson and anger management. All forensic treatment interventions take full account of the nature of ASD and are tailored accordingly.


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