Psychological Therapy for Children and Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Oxleas (NHS) Greenwich Children’s Therapy Services is now offering a new psychological service for children and young people with a diagnosis of ASD who experience moderate emotional and/or behavioural difficulties and who do not meet criteria for Specialist CAMHS (Tier III). This service is funded for 12 months in the first instance.

Who is the service for?

Inclusion criteria:

·      Young people aged 0-18 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

·      Greenwich GP

·      Moderate emotional and / or behavioural concerns (such as anxiety, low mood, family relationships, aggression, destructive behavior)

Exclusion criteria:

·      Mild emotional and behavioural difficulties or difficulties specific to ASD (such as repetitive behaviours/rituals, communication and sensory difficulties) – signpost to ASD Outreach, FLAG, NAS

·      Learning disability – signpost to Greenlights or CAMHS depending on severity of problem

·      Severe, complex and enduring difficulties – signpost to CAMHS

·      A diagnosis of ADHD without a diagnosis of ASD – signpost to ICS or CAMHS

 

What does the service offer?

The service provides time-limited psychological interventions for moderate mental health concerns such as anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties that may be related to mental health issues.

Interventions:

·      Individual psychological therapy: time-limited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

·      Parents workshops designed to support young people with ASD who experience emotional and / or behavioural difficulties (for example, workshops focusing on managing anxiety or challenging behaviour).

Outcome measures

As this is a new service, routine outcome measures will be collected at the beginning and at the end of treatment.

 

Who can refer?

Young people meeting the service criteria can be referred by:

·      Schools  in Greenwich

·      Greenwich GPs

·      CAMHS

·      ASD Outreach

·      Greenlights

·      Children’s Therapy Services

·      Community Paediatrics

 

How to refer?

In order to refer to the service, please ask for the Children’s Therapies Services Request for Assessment Form. Complete the first 2 pages and Appendix 5 (Psychology) and return to Children’s Therapy Services via Fax, Email or Post:

Fax: 020 8319 3336

Email: oxl-tr.childrenstherapies@nhs.net

Post: Children’s Therapies Services, Memorial Hospital, Shooters Hill, London, SE18 3RG.

 

For further information, please contact:

Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Community Paediatrics

Bungalow 1

Wensley Close

Eltham

SE9 5AB