Autism is a lifelong developmental condition which affects the way that individuals communicate with and relate to other people. It affects how they make sense of the world around them. People with autism often prefer routine and may struggle with change. They may have particularly intense interests and may be good at noticing patterns and small details. People with autism frequently suffer from high levels of anxiety due to their difficulties in making sense of what is going on around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.
We can assess your child if they’re suspected of being on the autistic spectrum and are aged between one and 17½ years in West Berkshire, and five and 17½ years in East Berkshire.
Our team is made up of speech and language therapists, psychologists, community paediatricians (West Berkshire), specialist mental health practitioners, specialist nurses, assistant psychologists and administrators.
Please follow Government advice published at http://nhs.uk/coronavirus
Do not visit a GP practice, urgent care centre, or any of our services if you have symptoms.
We are aware that this will be a worrying time for you and for your family. We are doing all we can to keep our CYPF services running while also keeping you and our staff safe. However, please be aware that due to the impact of COVID-19 we will be prioritising urgent appointments and referrals and some services will be disrupted, postponed or delivered differently (via phone or video link where possible).