This is a ‘Tier 4 referral’ national service at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for children with a suspected autistic spectrum disorder. Children are seen in the Social Communication Disorders Clinic, which is managed by Professor David Skuse.
The clinic focuses mainly on the assessment of complex cases of suspected autism or Asperger syndrome in children of normal-range or high intelligence. The aims of the service are to determine the diagnosis (if any), and to make recommendations for treatment.
At present this National Clinic has limited follow-up and treatment facilities. However, we will make recommendations regarding appropriate strategies regarding treatment and further management (eg educational facilities) to local Child and Adolescent Community Mental Health Services (CAMHS) or other local specialist services, after our assessment is complete.