National Centre for High Functioning Autism
The National Centre for High Functioning Autism provides a Social Communication Disorders Clinic at Great Ormond Street Hospital which is a Tier 4 national service for children with a suspected Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The service lead is Professor David Skuse and the multi-disciplinary team includes clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, a specialist speech and language therapist, assistant psychologist and undergraduate psychology students.
The clinic provides comprehensive assessments of complex cases of suspected ASD in children in mainstream education. Children are often referred to this service if they have a number of neurodevelopmental, neuropsychiatric or mental health difficulties and where diagnostic clarity is required.
The aims of the service are to determine the diagnosis (if any), and to make recommendations for treatment or further management (for example, within the educational setting). In addition we provide psycho-education groups for children and young people and their families called PEGASUS. The aim of these groups is to enhance children’s understanding of their condition and to help them to develop compensatory strategies and realise their potential.